Ticats practice update: Vernon Adams is back

Consider Vernon Adams the prodigal son.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback is on the field for the first day of Ticats practice, just days after head coach June Jones said he would be traded.

Adams does not appear to be working with the quarterbacks but is running routes with the receivers, though he is still wearing his gold QB jersey.

There’s also some injury news: running back Alex Green is an observer on day one.

Green had 79 carries for 447 yards and five touchdowns and eight catches for 47 yards in six games last year, his first season in the CFL. He missed a portion of training camp while dealing with family issues but returned to play in the pre-season win over Montreal, where he had nine carries for 28 yards.

Green is expected to be the team’s primary running back going into the season but the team has converted defensive lineman Nikita Whitlock and Canadian Mercer Timmis as options. Using Timmis, with Sean Thomas-Erlington as a back up, comes with some ratio benefits.

Remember: it’s just day one of practice and Green could very well be ready to play Saturday against Calgary.

Meanwhile, the injury news is mixed on two other key players who were injured against Montreal. Don Unamba, who took a knee to the head, is back on the field while Canadian Justin Vaughn is a limited participant.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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24 Comments on Ticats practice update: Vernon Adams is back

  1. Great canadian content on this team. That bodes well for success in this league. Glad they kept the special team coach He seems to have them going.

  2. Well Storm Johnson got cut in Saskatchewan if he is needed – I really liked the look of him.

  3. Wonder why Jones doesn’t employ a backup American running back?

  4. MR. Green // June 12, 2018 at 11:44 am //

    Didn’t they use to have a reserve list in the CFL, different from the practice roster? Did they get full salary?Could be wrong but it popped in my head. Or was it the practice roster with a different name? Can’t remember what it was about. Too much drinking in my you get days I suppose. Would Adams accept the practice Roster. That’s why the Riders let Stacy go and brought back Picton. Stacy didn’t like the money there.

    • dangnabbit // June 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm //

      They have reserves still, although that designation is distinct from the practice roster. The reserves are the two players included on the 46-man roster set 24 hours before kickoff, but not the 44-man roster set 1 hour before kickoff. Often these players are known as “healthy scratches” from the days when names of nonparticipating players would be scratched out on a paper list with a pen. They draw salary of at least league minimum, and count against the salary cap, unlike those on the practice roster.

      From a coaching standpoint, it’s unwise to use it as an extended practice roster. Two big uses of the list are to give your opponent uncertainty about which players they’ll face on the field, and to have a replacement handy in case somebody falls ill the morning of the game. You can’t do either of those things if your reserves are not prepared to actually play in a game.

  5. Edward Leslie // June 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm //

    Mark:
    Storm Johnson and Boom Williams were both cut.
    Last year another guy with a good name got let go. Armaggedon Draughan (by Ottawa).

    I’m already looking forward to next year’s traung camps when we might see other colorfully named players: Blizzatd Barkley, Heatwave Hudson, Hail Ceasar and Pandemic Peterson.

    • I knew that Johnson was cut from the Ticats to make room for when Green returned – Johnson then caught on with Riders and was cut from there so he is available unless he has caught on somewhere else.

    • Hurricane..latest male named storm to wreak havoc on Halifax…it happens

  6. Other than bluffing Montreal into a deal, nobody was going to give up anything for Vernon Adams. He just has no trade value. CFL GM’s and scouts have seen him throw in this league.

    • It would be a shame if they kept Adams on the roster over Dane Evans who appears to have a huge upside as a long-term prospect.

  7. Talk about a receiver option play. Throw a screen to Vernon lined up as a receiver. He can Run or throw it, or lateral it to someone else who can do all the above perhaps to the original QB. Imagine the stuff you can draw up with both Manziel and Vernon on the field at the same time. They can both run and throw it (Manziel better on both fronts of course). Speaking of Manziel. Why do football coaches see a starting QB as being un substitutable accept for injury? Wny not see it like a starting pitcher in baseball. Dood has a bad day bring in a reliever but he gets the next start.

    • To beat the Invincible Stamps and Iron man Reilly teams, the Cats by necessity, will have to execute well with some timely innovations or tricks.The art of surprise will be our cloak of victory.

      Like your creativity, Jim.

    • richinbanff (Rich Wilson) // June 12, 2018 at 7:05 pm //

      Turns out Baltimore Ravens are trying this with Lamar Jackson. I read a report that the Ravens are toying with 2 QB sets and they are eying the possibility of Jackson throwing passes from it. Wow, Wildcat to “2Q” in five years.

  8. rockfish // June 12, 2018 at 12:43 pm //

    I would pick up Storm. He looked real good in the first preseason game.

  9. Heat pump schmeat pump Vernon // June 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm //

    Stormin Norman Johnson (just made up the Norman part) should get another shot somewhere. Unfortunately I was unable to watch him play in preseason. The biggest thing for new import RB’s is instilling in their head the importance of pass protection and their blocking ability. Canadian RB’s know that’s part of the CFL game. Unfortunately Canuck RBs with solid talent like John Cornish, Jerome Messam and Andrew Harris only come around every once in a while. So most teams have to rely on an import RB who has come through a system where they never ever had to block. Up here if the RB can’t pass protect his QB he’s finished. Corey Sheets had to learn quickly how to pass protect. His running ability was too good to let go. His coaches were rewarded with their patience on Sheets. Again a RB better have extraordinary talent for any CFL team to take that chance.

  10. 3rd & 1 // June 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm //

    The deal with June Jones discussing Vernon Adams being traded. Well before he has been or will be? Is another strange event. June Jones did the same thing when he made a public statement that Johnny Manziel could be the best player to ever play in the CFL. That put huge pressure on Manziel as well as making himself sound like a big Rufus if Johnny dosent come anywhere near that status. June Hones is no spring chicken. So I’m wondering why he says things to the media that most Head Coaches wouldn’t dare? I like the guy but he sure has some strange habits.
    I feel for Vernon Adams in that he is part of what seems to be a 3 ring circus right now.

  11. 3rd and 1. Junes big mouth has always been the problem. He actually made the playoffs with Atlanta Falcons but got caught on tape excoriating QB Jeff George who as pretty good on the side lines using several f bombs. Then he told the press U of Hawaii was not serious about winning and quit AFTER he took them to the sugar bowl. Belechick keeps his mouth shut.

  12. to add to it 3rd and one. June has no filter. we all know people like that.

  13. 3rd & 1 // June 12, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

    To be a senior head coach with a bad case of verbal diarrhea. Not just now but through his whole career should be considered very strange and somewhat dangerous behaviour to the whole organization
    Hamilton’s quietly kept GM Eric Tillman should have figured this out by now. As according to Austin it was himself who brought in June Jones. Tillman should I still some protocol into June Jones public interviews. Having June not speak of his personal opinions on anything. Nor should June speak about any football operations or players transactions that have not transpired as of yet. As well as not discussing anything on the teams front office business or even what going on. Mandate the man to stick to his offence, defence, special teams and his opposition in the same manner.
    Obviously if the guy has reached this age and still dosent know what too or not too speak about. Then he needs a directive from those who do.

  14. 3rd & 1 // June 12, 2018 at 3:54 pm //

    Hey maybe Red should call himself “Evil J.J.”
    Or Just spell out June’s first and last name.
    That would be the best name Red’s ever had.

  15. 3rd and one…. I guess the question is… is his otherwise brilliance greater than his faults. which is the case for everybody including Einstein who would show up to class at Princeton with his pajamas because he was figuring something out in his head and forgot to dress. Like Einstein June is considered a Genius for passing schemes so I guess you overlook these things sometimes. Now the question is what will you say if he is right about Manziel? Will it be dumb luck? Too many people are too cautious and don’t shoot for the stars and put themselves at risk with bold statements. June is one of those guys. JFK said in 1962 “We will put a man on the moon by the end of the 60’s”. He had no idea how it could be done but a prerequisite for great things to be done is to state you will do them. Lets here it for the ballsy people making outrageously ambitious statements. They just have to be right once.

  16. Edward Leslie // June 12, 2018 at 9:11 pm //

    Jones: A lot of people think they never actually made it to the moon. It was just filmed on a movie set.
    How come you can’t see stars? How come the flag was seen blowing around… in the vacuum of space? How come they haven’t gone back for 45 years??

    June Jones can make all the pronouncements he wants. His one about Johnny Manziel becoming the greatest player ever in the CFL will be a credibility killer for him.

  17. It was Canadian technology that allowed the moon landings and that’s been kept secret all these years that no one will believe it to be true.

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