The most noise made at Stamps practice today was actually after practice as the lads gathered around the locker-room televisions to watch the Olympic men’s 100-metre semifinals, and while Canadian Justyn Warner had plenty of support from the, ahem, non-import players, he failed to make the final. Apparently these Jamaican guys are really fast.
In terms of the practice itself, the Stamps are looking at a lot of possible lineup formations, including the potential for a ratio shift on the offensive line. Canadian J’Micheal Deane was getting a lot of looks at right tackle, with Spencer Wilson slotted in at left guard, and having Deane start would open a spot for an American elsewhere on the field — quite likely on the defensive line, which has been under plenty of scrutiny in the wake of the loss to the Lions eight days ago.
While the usual suspects — Torrey Davis, Corey Mace and Brian Bulcke — were getting first-team reps on the D-line, so, too, were the likes of Demonte’ Bolden and newcomer Dorian Smith, and I suspect their performance in Monday’s practice will go a long way toward determining who makes the trip to Hamilton on Tuesday night in advance of Thursday’s game.
Also worth noting today: defensive back Brandon Smith was back at practice today after missing Saturday due to family issues back home in California, while receiver Johnny Forzani was out again with a bad cold, and unless he practises on Monday, he could miss the trip to Hamilton, which would open the door for Arjei Franklin to get his first start of the season, and for Anthony Parker to draw into the lineup for the first time this year.
Meanwhile, with long-snapper Tim St. Pierre out indefinitely, the Stamps needed somebody to take over the reserve fullback role he’d also occupied, and it appears that rookie Wilkerson DeSouza is the prime candidate. He was drafted as a linebacker, but he’s switched his practice uniform from white (defence) to red (offence) and was taking drills with the running backs on Sunday. This is hardly a radical transformation, by the way — St. Pierre was a linebacker before he signed with the Stamps, who converted him into a fullback.