Ra’Jon Henley (right) got two chances with the Lions, one coming because of back surgery last year, but he’s now 0-for-2.
It doesn’t require the services of Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau to figure out some of the things that go on around the Lions some days. You just have to know where to look.
Receiver Nick Moore, for example, tweeted Saturday he was heading to Minneapolis, which means unless a CFL expansion franchise has been awarded in the last day or so he won’t be playing Monday against the Argos and Ernest Jackson will indeed make his debut.
Linebacker Glenn Love tweeted he was off to Toronto, which means unless the rookie from UCLA has some uncontrollable desire to see the CN Tower he will too will be playing for the Lions for the first time.
It was also announced Saturday that DE Ra’Jon Henley has been released off the injured list, marking the end of yet another failed experiment by the Lions to push Khreem Smith or any of his fellow starters.
You have to ask yourself who was the dolt who wrote this spring that the competition for jobs along the defensive front was going to be the best of any position group.
But it’s pretty clear either the Lions see their defensive push as the key to their success this year, or they just can’t decide on what they like, as there’s talk here in Toronto that the club is going to bring back a lineman from training camp in Kamloops for a second look. You also can’t ignore the fact Khalif Mitchell is to have a hearing next week on the appeal of his two-game suspension. Keron Williams was bothered by a hamstring this week. Maurice Evans is the only backup at present and he hasn’t yet played.
Henley got two chances. Jeremy Geathers would represent a third look. The last end to be cut at camp was Rodney Paulk, a converted linebacker who didn’t get much of a chance to make the adjustment, and before him it was Brandon Jordan, a 6’4”, 255-pound rush end from Illinois who had a few backers among the coaches.
Mike Benevides will undoubtedly make everything clear when he and his team make the long walk from their SkyDome Hotel headquarters to the Rogers Centre and a walkthrough Sunday afternoon.