After scuttled trade, Vernon Adams back with Ticats – as a receiver

Vernon Adams is back – albeit in a different capacity.

The erstwhile quarterback was on the field for the first day of Ticats practice on Tuesday, just days after head coach June Jones said he would be traded – but Adams wasn’t working with the rest of the pivots.

“We’re looking at him as a receiver. He wants to do it so we’re going to evaluate him and see where it leads,” Jones said. “He’s doing what he can to help the team win. He’s a great kid. You never know what the next day brings but he’s doing what he has to do to contribute where he can contribute.”

Jones says it’s possible Adams could still be dealt, though it doesn’t sound like a move is imminent. Jones likely scuttled a deal last week when he announced that Adams was about to be traded to Edmonton or Montreal before things were finalized.

Given the turn of events, it’s remarkable that Adams – who declined to speak to media on Tuesday – is still with the club and apparently on decent terms with Jones.

“It’s honesty. I told him straight up what the deal was when we first talked and he respects that,” Jones said. “He wants to play.”

Drew Edwards

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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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65 Comments on After scuttled trade, Vernon Adams back with Ticats – as a receiver

  1. June Jones and Jerry Glanville equals another disaster in Steel town.Keep your mouth shut–what a hack Jones is.

    • But of course you hope you are wrong; being a diehard Ticat fan and all 🙂

      • Ray Jay Johnson II // June 14, 2018 at 10:53 am //

        Agree 100% It will be fun watching the Carnage
        It like car wreck you can’t look away

  2. Tiger man // June 13, 2018 at 8:52 am //

    Ottawa did the same thing with Sinopoli…..

    Jones is the same coach who turned this team’s season around last year…

    But you go ahead and do the chicken little pageant….

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 13, 2018 at 9:50 am //

      Correction: Brad Sinopoli was the Stampeders invention. But it is nice to see guys reinvent their careers

      • Joe Zuger was the Quarterback and punter for Hamilton and played defensive Halfback waiting to be quarterback. So much for Sinopoli and reinventing.Garney Henley said, that Joe was every bit as good a quarterback as Ron Lancaster yet Joe Zuger is not yet in the Football Hall of Fame.

        He holds the record for most touchdowns in one game, at eight, and wasn’t even the starting quarterback for the game. Try that Johnny.

    • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 9:54 am //

      Agree with the main point.

      I am wondering why you are re-writing Sinopoli’s career?

      Ottawa signed him as a free agent receiver that had two seasons as a Stamp receiver.

      Calgary under Hufnagel did the converting – or maybe Sinopoli suggested it after being cut before the season in his second CFL season where Tate’s injury brought him back to be stuck as 3rd string QB.

      • Does it really matter who did the conversion?
        His point was that Sinopoli who plays for Ottawa used to be a QB

        • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm //

          Based on the wording and it’s implications … I think so.

          It seems you don’t Geoff … (or was that Jefferson?) *grin*

    • Red&White Forever // June 13, 2018 at 11:24 am //

      The Stamps converted Sinopoli before he signed as a FA in the Hammer.

    • riderontheisland // June 14, 2018 at 10:38 am //

      Actually I believe it was Sinopoli who converted himself and not a Stamp or RB thing.

  3. Paul Bomber // June 13, 2018 at 8:53 am //

    Joe Poplowski and Brad Sinopoli are both converted QBs and they worked out ok.
    And Kerry Joseph went from college QB to NFL DB and then back to QB in the CFL.

    • I did not know about Joe Poplowski ever being a quarterback – thanks for the history lesson. Several other quarterbacks became kickers such as Passaglia and Bob Cameron that turned into a couple of the lengthiest careers in CFL history.

      • Paul Bomber // June 13, 2018 at 9:36 am //

        CRAP! It’s Bob Cameron I’m thinking of. Sir, thank YOU for the history lesson. Sigh…

  4. Great attitude on the part of Adams who obviously just wants to play football and isn’t concerned whether it’s as a pivot or receiver. Certainly opens up some interesting possibilities and unexpected plays on offense. Good luck to him.

  5. wewert3 // June 13, 2018 at 9:08 am //

    Right June Jones; 2 teams were interested in trading for Vernon Adams Jr. Someone who you don’t think is good enough to be a 4th string quarterback somehow has value in a trade. Stop with the BS. Hamilton was trying to bluff Montreal into a deal as Mike Sherman has yet to see CFL Adams throw in the CFL. That’s about all the interest there was.

    As Milt Stegall once said after watching him play, Vernon Adams is “not a CFL quarterback”. With Jeff Matthews signing in Montreal, that eliminates his only potential destination. Vernon Adams would be out of the league if Hamilton released him.

  6. Adams is more QB then Matthews ever will be.

    • Steve J. // June 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm //

      I stilll remember Matthews’ meltdown in his first game as a starter in Hamilton. It was an epic disaster on par with the Hindenburg…they both went down in flames.

  7. dale van allen // June 13, 2018 at 9:51 am //

    Have to admit that Pikk is right. Love to see Matthews succeed but still think Adams would give us some mobility at pivot, something the Als lack.

  8. Sea of Dead // June 13, 2018 at 10:59 am //

    Vernon Adams trying to lock a receivers spot on the team is simply the most ridiculous idea JJ has come up with yet. A faint hope that Adams can use an option play one or two times this season to pass to another receiver down field is a stretch because (1) He absolutely can’t land a QB position anywhere in the CFL because of his arm and (2) We have a great, potentially outstanding, receiver in Aultman languishing on the practice roster while Jones wastes time experimenting with this stinker of an idea. Stop the bromance with Adams now, give your head a shake and utilize the talent you already have in the receiver positions.

    • Tiger man // June 13, 2018 at 2:16 pm //

      The rate and length at which Hamilton has lost quarterbacks over the last few years….I don’t think this is such a bad idea…may open some doors for trick plays later on….

      Do you remember 2015 when we were down to our 3rd string quarterback for the eastern final!!!

      • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm //

        Some intriguing possibilities and insurance, as long as they can get along.

        For 2015, IMO – part of the problem a certain HC refusing to give the 3rd stringer a try over the 2nd stringer who was struggling. Seemed a preview of the 2017 “why try the 2nd sringer”.

        • Sea of Dead // June 13, 2018 at 8:21 pm //

          To Tiger Man & Cat Fan: Glad that you two can sleep well at night knowing that now receiver Vernon Adams, can potentially save the day as our QB when we lose our top three QBs due to injury.

          The 1st consideration should be that the probability of this occurring is near zero. The 2nd should be that VAs hands are likely worse than his throwing arm while we are all waiting for this improbable event to occur and the 3rd is that Adams is virtually unemployable in the CFL (except on this team), so if the Cats need him he’ll likely be available.

          Give your heads a shake boys!!! … If he can’t cut it as a QB then he shouldn’t be on the roster taking the spot of a bonafide receiver !!!

          • If you don’t look … how will you know what VAs hands are like?

            Regardless … unless the Ticats web site is out of date, Aultman is not on the PR or the injured list. Not sure what this means but until Adams is on the active roster during games, I am not sure anything is being scarified.

          • Aultmann was unfortunately released to make room for John White.

  9. Edward Leslie // June 13, 2018 at 11:31 am //

    I have to admit when I read that Jones wants to try Vernon Adams as a receiver, I immediately figured it was CHRIS Jones, not his “brother from another mother”, June. It just seemed like something that Regina’s resident pigskin mad scientist would concoct.

    AC Leonard from Tight End to Defensive End; Jordan Reaves from Defensive back to receiver to defensive lineman; and of course Duron “two way” Carter.
    Then there’s that poor kid, Emmanuel Adusei was switched from Defensive line (with Carleton) to Offensive line. He was thrown to the Lions in the last game and bombed big time. Now his career is
    probably over.

    As For Vernon Adams Jr., I predict he’ll be in that new football league that’s starting up next spring in the U.S.. He’s already been given up on by four clibs: B.C., Montreal, Saskatchewan and now Hamilton.

    • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 5:10 pm //

      Or like other QBs that switched to receivers – he’ll earn a job.

      Time will tell.

  10. this is the only way Adams will have a pro career.

  11. Is it just me or does June Jones seem to be bumbling his way along as a HC? NOT THAT WE CAN TALK IN SSK. But this whole Vernon Adams thing is so strange. Also, why do ppl say its “cute” that Chris Jones wouldn’t commit to Collaros as the starter when clearly June is doing the same thing with Masoli? “Sticking to his Guns” with Masoli as the starter. It is cute. Johnny Manziel will be the starter in Hamilton by week 4. The people want to see it.

    • Yes I agree June Jones is just bumbling his way through. To make a big announcement that you’re trading a guy and then suddenly saying you’re now going to try them as a receiver makes absolutely no freaking sense whatsoever. Especially on a team that already has enough receivers. Maybe Chris and June are somehow related

    • Tiger man // June 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm //

      yeah….this is quite rich coming from regina…..

      • I just think its strange that the only QB controversy that anyone can talk about is in SK when there’s the same or bigger one brewing in Hamilton. Masoli will have sh*t the bed by week 3, and Manziel will be making 100% of that incentive $$ for taking half of the seasons snaps. Oh well. Everybody obsessed with the Riders.

        • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm //

          ??? … there’s been comments about how Manziel will starter for game one of the regular season, game four of the regular season, end of Sept etc. going back months.

          There’s also been lots of comments about Masoli being a backup not a starter so I am not sure why there would be an idea that SK is the only QB situation that is being talked about.

          The good news is the regular season starts soon.

          • richinbanff (Rich Wilson) // June 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm //

            This. People have talked and continue to about Masoli’s short leash but blah blah blah. Saturday is when we start to find out. I don’t care who does it, I want to see results!

  12. As a long-time Hamilton tiger-cats fan and somebody who is watched Jeremiah masoli since he started with the cats, honestly think that he will bomb out as a starter. I don’t know who remembers a guy named Tom porras who was a great third string quarterback for the tiger-cats but as soon as he became the starter, he was a total waste. I know everybody thinks that masoli is the savior of the franchise just because of his record last year. However I think people should realize that it’s always easy to play when you have no pressure on you and when your team is 0 and 8 and have no hope of making the playoffs. There is no pressure on you because even if you win one game, everybody thinks you’re great. I don’t like Johnny Manziel for his character but however I really don’t think masoli will last as the starter

    • Tiger man // June 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm //

      And an eastern final that he started in…and almost won…

      And an eskimo game where Hamilton came from 30 points behind and in one half beat a good Edmonton team….

      • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 5:20 pm //

        Good point.

        Despite something like two starts all season, Masoli had better numbers than Burris, up until the dropped INT followed by the miracle 100+ yard game winning TD.

        Ignored as well is the ESF where Ray was supposed to mop up while Masoli was supposed to flame out.

        Add in that whether winning or losing, he is reported to be calm.

        Either way – the tire hits the road in the next couple of weeks so the end result will be shown.

    • Jeremiah Masoli will pleasantly surprise you in 2018. He’s got the heart of Bernie Faloney.

      PS: How Tom Porras beat out Ken Hobart in 1987 I will never understand.

      • With all due respect to Jeremiah Masoli, he will pleasantly surprise no one in 2018. Maybe as a receiver? If Ti-Cats cant see that Manziel will be the starter before the 1st quarter of the season is over, you’re completely blind. He is here to put butts in seats. Oh. – And put up some W’s.

        • I’m sorry but you’re wrong about Masoli. Just wait and see.

        • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm //

          I guess that’s why they play the game as on paper, Ray was supposed to shine while Masoli was supposed to be a turn over machine in the 2015 ESF yet something different happened.

      • Ken Hobart broke his leg or ankle – that did not help.

  13. By the way whatever happened to Orlando Steinaur being the defensive coordinator or was that just a figment of my imagination ?

    • Cat Fan // June 13, 2018 at 5:28 pm //

      It was a figment of your imagination.

      The quotes after he started were about how he was mostly involved in learning the offensive side of the game with some input as needed on the defensive side.

      AFAICT, Glanville has the title of DC while Steinauer’s title is AHC. It will be interesting to see what happens if like Reinebold the defense struggles early.

  14. Coach Jones has already replaced Austin as the lightning rod for the fans discontent and the season not begun . This could be a hot summer on 3D.

  15. Hamilton should do the right thing and release Adams.

    • I am sure he could ask for his release if he really thought he had other opportunities.

  16. Could it be Vernon is there to protect a vacant quarterback spot at say mid season. Ticats will have 2 starters by then. Manziel will want to be traded if he doesn’t get the starting position to a team who will start him. OR Masoli is traded to give Manziel
    The starter role. Manziel is not here to be a backup all year. Keep an eye on that scenario.

  17. I’ve been actually surprised at how good Masoli looks in practice. I know its only practice, but he did play well last year as well…I’d still take Zach back anytime though lol

  18. I think the kid could be an excellent receiver, he’s really quick and is great athlete. I hope he kicks ass.

  19. The writing is on the wall. JFF will be starting soon.

  20. Jim Bob // June 14, 2018 at 1:46 am //

    Adams a solid #3 at QB. If used right as a WR/QB on certain plays it will drive the other teams defense nuts. He simply takes a short pass from the QB and fills the slot or lets it fly to another WR who is wide open. Brilliant move by Jones to work this into the TiCats offense.

  21. Pennyrocker // June 14, 2018 at 9:44 am //

    I think give Adams a try that way he either stinks or swims. Looking at his size and I know he has taken his hits in the past at QB. Just how long will Adam last is anyone’s guess.

  22. This is rich. The Alouettes arguably without a starting quarterback and one foot out the door. And the CFL is allowing the Ticats to convert a potential star quarterback in this league…to a receiver?

    And it’s not like there’s a glut of quarterbacks in this league. More than one team is one injury away from being effectively qb-less.

    The TigerCats have two starting quarterbacks and have no room for a talent like Adams…fine. They cannot be permitted to be complicit in hoarding that talent and depriving the league of another quarterback.

    There’s no doubt the Alouettes’ problems are largely self-inflicted. And there are HUGE questions about Kavis Reed letting Adams and Cato go in the first place.
    However, I’m thinking the CFL will regret the Alouettes tanking for a third and final time.

    As a 3rd generation Alouettes fan, I know I will.

    • I am sure the Alouettes could have traded for Adams for an 8th round draft choice, a bag of deflated used footballs, used sweat socks and the keys to a broken down team bus if they wanted to.

    • ??? … since when it is the league’s responsibility to distribute talent with the exception of an expansion team?

      It seems the Cats wanted to trade him so it is not clear to me they are hoarding QB talent so much as trying to see if there is a role versus a PR spot or an outright release.

      Since it seems Adams makes your list of potential stars, you can add to the self-inflicted issues that Adams used to be Montreal’s.

  23. Can’t blame Adams for not wanting to join yet another team. Hope he succeeds.

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