The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have both a new quarterback and a new quarterback coach at practice on Tuesday.
The team has brought in five players as part of the league’s practice roster expansion period: quarterback Dane Evans, wide receiver Jamal Robinson, offensive lineman John Kling, linebacker Lucas Wacha and defensive back Dante Blackmon.
Players added during this period rarely play immediately but are usually brought in with an eye to next season.
Evans, 23, played 46 games at Tulsa from 2012 and 2016 then went to training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles this season before being released on Sept. 1.
Here’s a scouting report on Evans from profootballfocus.com
Evans is a strong-armed thrower capable of getting hot and making a lot of plays with his arm. At this point he is more of a thrower than a passer and needs to develop different ball speeds to further his game. He lacks consistent touch at the intermediate and deep levels of the field. If a coach feels they can tighten up his mechanics and develop other parts of his game he warrants an UFA deal with a chance to prove he can make a practice squad.
Robinson, 24, spent parts of the last two seasons with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars after signing as an undrafted free agent out of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 52 career collegiate games with the Ragin’ Cajuns, the native of Slidell, Louisiana, recorded 156 receptions for 2,653 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Kling, 24, spent five years (2011-16) at the University at Buffalo, suiting up in 34 career collegiate games for the Bulls. Wacha, was a four-year starter at the University of Wyoming (2013-16), appearing in 46 career games with 344 total tackles. Blackmon, 24, , played two seasons with the Kennesaw State Owls (2015-16), posting 50 total tackles and eight interception. In his final season in 2016, Blackmon led the Big South in interceptions with six.
On the coaching front, June Jones has hired Dan Morrison as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach. Morrision has spent the last 16 years coaching American college football, including two stints with Jones at both SMU and Hawaii – in other words, he’s very familiar with the offensive system favoured by the head coach.
His hiring comes just over a month after hired former Baylor head coach Art Briles, only to rescind the decision after the decision was widely condemned. Briles was fired over his handling of sexual assaults at the school.