Things learned about Ricky Lloyd and others in Lions’ pre-season win

There was an instinctive negative reaction by Wally Buono when asked if the performance in first CFL game by Ricky Lloyd could be compared to a pair of Grey Cup quarterbacks like Jeff Garcia and Mike Reilly until facts were provided for contextual evidence.

Like, Garcia and Reilly back in the day were this close to being cut by the CFL’s career coaching wins leader before they did something in their first pre-season game.

And on that score at any rate, the three touchdowns thrown by Lloyd as B.C. Lions backups beat their counterparts on the Calgary Stampeders 36-23 Friday can prove the point that as others before him had shown, it’s best not to waste an opportunity.

Lloyd wasn’t just a cut candidate when the Lions set their training camp roster. He beat the odds getting this far. In a scenario not all that far removed from the one which landed Buck Pierce in the CFL, Lloyd put down his $100US to attend a Lions tryout camp in Los Angeles in March unscouted and only until he got in front of GM Ed Hervey did the club want to see him pass two subsequent auditions, three if you count his debut.

Lloyd is already quite good at applying for work, however. He only transferred to Minnesota State from Southern Mississippi in college when the team’s offensive coordinator tweeted he was looking for a quarterback.

“At that point I was at a standstill. My high school coach showed me the tweet. I went out for a little visit and they liked what they saw and I ended up doing very well there,” explained Lloyd, a Christmas-born 25-year-old from Concord, Cal.

The motion-based CFL offence overwhelmed Lloyd during his first week of practice with the Lions but he clearly has made some strides. It’s way too soon to draw conclusions – B.C.’s quarterback candidate of record in a pre-season game at Calgary last year, Alex Ross, went 1-8 passing in his first game for Winnipeg Friday.

It is, however, fair to suggest that the quarterback factory operated by Buono over the years has not yet shut down early during his final season on the sidelines.

A few other things learned and noted in the win:

Men in motion: It normally is completely against the pre-season code of conduct for coaches to reveal much of anything but an early observation could be drawn that new offensive coordinator Jarious Jackson will be far more liberal in his use of misdirection.

Jackson left Jeremiah Johnson and Chris Rainey with a large number of likely starters back at their Kamloops compound Friday but the work of backup candidates Travon Van and Shaun Wick combined with some blocking changes indicate the Lions are intent on utilizing a different look than many formations used by predecessor Khari Jones..

“One of the attractive things about the offence Jarious runs is that not only does the running game put pressure on the line of scrimmage but the motion puts a lot on the eyes. If the eyes are in the wrong place you can definitely get hurt,” Buono said Saturday.

“He likes the motion, the cross-action, the play-action and as we get better with the timing we will definitely be profitable.”

Still on the line: Some position battles, and there’s inevitably still a few on a team which is guaranteed 14 new starters, are eliminated by circumstances, and the ankle injury that put wideout Tyler Davis in a walking boot Saturday will make it far easier for the Lions to keep import receivers Ricky Collins and Kevin Elliott.

B.C., however, doesn’t appear any closer to settling the composition of the linebacking corps on either side of Solomon Elimimian. Dyshawn Davis, Bo Lokombo and Keelan Johnson were all solid at weak-side linebacker and special teams. Otha Foster is the projected strong-side hybrid starter but rookie Steffon Herd showed to be a worthwhile project player if he has the stomach and pocketbook for the practice roster.

Herd (6’3”, 210, Northeastern, Ok., State) had an interception and forced two fumbles in a game in which the Lions produced 24 points from seven turnovers. B.C. has 11 linebackers and not more than a handful of obvious cut candidates among them.

It’s a different scenario along the defensive front though. With all their projected veteran starters in Kamloops, hardly anyone stood out and the one who did suffered from a case of mistaken identity.

“We didn’t have the premier guys but Ivan McMillan, or whatever his name is, did an excellent job,” said Buono. Import Ivan McLennan, who is a lock for a roster spot and very identifiable throughout camp, will be thrilled to know he has been noticed.

Lowell Ullrich

Lowell Ullrich

Lowell Ullrich has covered the Lions since 1999 and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He is also a contributor to TSN1040.
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Lowell Ullrich has covered the Lions since 1999 and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He is also a contributor to TSN1040.

32 Comments on Things learned about Ricky Lloyd and others in Lions’ pre-season win

  1. Prairie rocks // June 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm //

    What can you say?
    Wally knows how to find quality QB’s

    • Wally didn’t find him, the scouts did and then Ed Hervey signed him. Wally is the coach

      • BC Dave // June 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm //

        Wrong again. He was unscouted, We did not find him. He found us. 4th paragraph, third sentence.

    • Not a word about Cody Fajardo in that article, unless I missed it, nothing about his injury or if he will still be #2 going into reg season until Lulay is back?? Alice in Wonderland comes to mind

  2. White Horse // June 2, 2018 at 7:43 pm //

    I read all the stats this am, but very difficult to assess a game when you can’t watch here in BC.
    Same goes next week with Stamps/Riders.
    We can only go by stats which doesn’t tell the real story
    Bring on the real season!!!

    • Prairie rocks // June 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm //

      June 16th-
      Hamilton Ti-Cats Vs. Calgary Stampeders at historic McMahon Stadium
      It’s what the sports world is waiting for right now.

      • Historic? More like outdated and archaic. Why can’t Calgary pony up a plan? Seriously what the hell are they waiting for another ten years to pass them by? I thought it was a “major Canadian City”….guess not Prairie Socks

        • Prairie rocks // June 2, 2018 at 9:05 pm //

          It’s a shrine to all things good about football, to 30 years of greatness.
          It’s home to the football Gods.

          • What? People actually live at that Stadium? Does it double as a home for the less fortunate? That is nice for the community.

        • Prairie rocks // June 2, 2018 at 9:50 pm //

          Gods are not people

      • June 16th – the sports world will be watching the World Cup

  3. June 16th World Cup starts and that is what the world will be watching. As for CFL, I truly believe Masoli and the Cats absolutely shred Calgary. Manziel comes in late and throws a TD for good measure and to appease the few hundred fans left on the benches that pass off as seats in Calgary.

    • Prairie rocks // June 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm //

      The Cats only beat the Stamps at historic McMahon if one of 2 things happen:
      1- You dream it
      2- Disney makes their next fairy tale movie about it

      Like every other team, McMahon has been less than kind to the Tiger-Cats.

      • It was very kind to the TC’s in the 80’s…matter of fact it was kind to every CFL team at the time. Thank god at least for the playoff games hosted there, or even won during that time period…oh, wait a minute…

        • Prairie rocks // June 3, 2018 at 10:24 am //

          The 1980’s were indeed a good era. But Al Bruno, Earl Winfield, Tony Champion, Grover Covington, Rocky DiPietro, Miles Gorrell, Pete Giftopoulos have long since left the haloed halls of Ivor Wynn.

      • Puck hog // June 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm //

        Time to shut up, Red!!

  4. BC Dave // June 2, 2018 at 10:30 pm //

    It’s been less than kind to the people that have to sit in the ‘seats’ too but that is not what this story is about.

    • Prairie rocks // June 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm //

      The comfort of winning more than makes up for the discomfort of the seat.
      Besides, strengthen your core and buttock and you’ll find your back and ass have a lot for stamina for it.

  5. Jose Perez // June 2, 2018 at 11:47 pm //

    Why are their trolls on here talking nothing about the article get each other’s number and text attack each other. We want to hear real comments about the article and yet we still get crap for comments that have nothing to do with what the article is about.
    Rant done!
    As for Ricky he is the real deal. He is a QB that will surprise you as he did last night. Even though the starters on Calgary wasn’t there I’m sure Win will come with theirs on Fri. So let’s see how he will do. Herd better get a spot on the roster he is a excellent athletic and hard hitting player. Now I know it’s only preseason games but it does show what direction we are heading so those who count out the Lions last in the west ..think again! This team is a total different team than the past and it will show on the field like last night. Other teams will be surprised when Lions roar this season and not look like pussy cats from last one.

  6. BC Dave // June 3, 2018 at 1:04 am //

    Sad but true Yup. Bang on Jose. The thing that was most impressive about Ricky Lloyd was that he did not panic (according to Wally) when his first read was not there, like so many rookie QBs do. He went through his progressions in a calm manner. He also demonstrated excellent ball security and made good decisions. I am so excited about this young man’d potential. Maybe the best part of the whole game was who was NOT there. We left both Joel Figuroa and Jovon Olaifioye back at Kamlooops plus our entire starting D linemen and Solly. I totally agree with you on Steffon Herd. Not sure if he can know Jogn Ojo out of a starting job just yet but looking great for depth. All three guys fighting for the WIL linebacker job looked good too so maybe some hard decisions to make for Wally and his staff. Still no idea if Micah Awe might be in the mix too. He’s not doing himself any favours by waiting it out because, as I said, other 3 doing great. One guy I was hoping to see but did not was a late pick up on Monday, Gelen Robinsson, D-Lineman.

  7. Lions desperately need a reliable pro level QB – – Johnny Jennings is laughably bad and the other guy injures himself tying his shoes.

    BC has already been eliminated from the post season, so they might as well give Rick Lloyd a few starts to see what he can do. Sure can’t be any worse than last year’s QB gong show.

    • A spark of positive news at QB – finally. Jennings and Lulay are decent backups only. If they want to get past Calgary and Edmonton, they need a proper starter… not gonna be easy to find.

      • BC Dave // June 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm //

        Byron, Jennings and Trav are both more than capable starters. DOn’t believe the crap you read from attention seeking children who admit they see themselves as a jack of all trades but master of none.

    • Dude…already eliminated? You’re quite the pessimistic out on the old foley farm eh Donny Boy?

  8. Hey 3D ban Prairie Rocks. He will continue to ruin this website all summer. It’s quite nice when he isn’t here highjacking threads. Grow a pair Drew and just do it!

  9. Jim Bob // June 4, 2018 at 2:47 am //

    Lloyd certainly looks like a real KEEPER at #3 for the Lions at QB. Good young guy to develop to be the #2 when Lulay hangs it up. As they say a team can NEVER have enough good young QBs on its roster to be a potential starter in the future.

  10. BC Dave // June 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm //

    Agreed Jim Bob. Trav is about 3-4 weeks away but one he is ready that takes card of #1 and #2. Not sure how badly Fajardo’s ankle is but if he can play, I an sure he will be the #3 guy for now with Lloyd as #4 but that could change in a hurry too depending on Lloyd’s progress. I really like him.

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