Ticats bring several kickers to Tim Hortons Field for workout

A kicking competition was held by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this week.

The Ticats brought close to a dozen kickers and punters to Hamilton for two days of workouts, including an on-field session at Tim Hortons Field on Wednesday.

The participants included a trio of Americans with CFL experience: Ray Early, who handled the punting duties for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last season, former Winnipeg and Ottawa kicker Brett Maher and former Ticat and Redblack Delbert Alvarado, who made 11 of 14 field goals with Ottawa last season.

Also in attendance was Alabama product, Cody Mandell. He has spent time with the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. And Canadian Brett Lauther, drafted by Hamilton in 2013 but saw limited action for the club before brief stints with Toronto and Saskatchewan.

The team is also expected to bring in UBC kicker Quinn van Gylswyk for a workout in Hamilton before the Canadian Draft on May 10. van Gylswyk is currently the No. 20 ranked prospect on the CFL’s scouting bureau.

That the Ticats are bringing potential kicking candidates to the city instead of working them out in more ideal weather conditions in the U.S. is telling. Wednesday was wet, cold and windy and Tim Hortons Field has quickly gained a reputation as a tough place to kick, which means the team wants to see how players will perform in adverse conditions.

The most likely scenario will see the Ticats bring several kickers to training camp for a competition that will last throughout the pre-season.

After losing Justin Medlock to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in free agency back in February, the Tabbies have been looking for a replacement – or replacements – to handle the kicking and punting duties. At the moment, Hamilton does not have a single kicker on the roster.

– with files from Drew Edwards.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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19 Comments on Ticats bring several kickers to Tim Hortons Field for workout

  1. Douglas Gray // April 9, 2016 at 8:48 am //

    I like that they brought them to the stadium because the wind was a factor in almost every game last year.

    • Blindside // April 9, 2016 at 9:27 am //

      “I like that they brought them to the stadium because the wind was a factor in every single home game last year.”

      @douglas gray, Fixed this for you.


  2. I would try Justin Palardy

  3. I guess there was no firm plan in place for a replacement kicker other than to bring in as many guys as possible and hope that one of them will be able to do an adequate job.

    • A dependable known player usually doesn’t move much … without $$$.

      No matter what team is trying – it usually is a competition.

  4. Angelo Varvouletos // April 9, 2016 at 10:28 am //

    Alvarado is a very good kicker and punter. RedBlacks were nuts for cutting him last year.

    • @AV: exactly!! A K alvarado was in montreal’s TC a few years back and out kicked C K sean whyte by a country mile but like the RBs they cut him!! funny that now montreal’s kicker is an american!!

    • His stats are good in the 20-29 and 40-49 yard ranges.

      Question is what was causing the abysmal 50% rate in prime FG territory, 30-39 yards?

      Of the other eight kickers with better records, only McCallum is not perfect in this range plus the range below (9 of 10). A lot of them don’t start missing until the 40-49 range, where it is one miss of several instead of a 50% rating.

      Wiki says after Dallas, he was signed by Hamilton before presumably being released then signing with Montreal in June 2013 and eventually being on Montreal’s practice roster in Oct 2014 and final release in June 2014.

      As for punting … when did he last handle it? I find no punting stats

  5. At this point I have no idea who the Ticat’s kicker(s) will be… And quite honestly don’t really care…

    The Ticats have always been able to find good (great) kickers…. Medlock and Setta are two recent examples… Never heard of either before they became Ticats… And both turned out to be great finds…

    So with this history if successful recruitment in mind… I am not too concerned with who will eventually be our kicker…

    Just saying…

    Cheers… Snake

    • Remember that Medlock was an Argo before his first try with the NFL. Then he returned, played in Toronto and Edmonton, came to Hamilton and took a second swing at the NFL before coming back to our home and native land again.

  6. Ticats63 // April 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm //

    With a healthy #1 QB in 2016, we won’t need a place kicker, playing 3-down football

  7. Kicker in the CFL used to be one of the most stable positions in the game. Teams found a guy (usually Canadian) that could do the job, and he lasted. This was more prevalent for other positions too, but none moreso than kicker, I think.

    But in the “new” CFL where the present year is the only thing that seems to matter, teams do find capable players to fill their needs. I have no doubt the Cats will, regarding the P/K position. Whether that player is a one-year solution or a career hoofer remains to be seen.

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