Practice update: new Ticats kicker has perfect day

The new Ticats kicker might be alright.

Kenny Allen, who was signed on Monday to replace the injured Sergio Castillo, went seven-for-seven on field goals during the special teams session at practice on Tuesday. Working with snapper Aaron Crawford and holder Luke Tasker, Allen hit a 32 yards extra point from the centre of the field, then hit from 36, 40, 43, 46 and 48 yards while more-or-less alternating between the right and left hash.

He finished the session with a 50 yarder from the centre of the field that would have been good from at least 55 yards out.

There was a slight breeze at Tim Hortons Field on Tuesday but it wasn’t much help.

Allen’s performance is an encouraging sign, given his acknowledgement on Monday that he’d been focussed on his punting the last few months while in training camp with the Baltimore Ravens this spring.

It certainly looks as if the Ticats have elected to go with Allen, regardless. The team did not sign Canadian Brett Lauther after his workout yesterday, yet another disappointment for a kid who just can’t seem to catch a break.

As for other practice news, it appears the Ticats are getting hit by the flu bug. A day after Abdul Kanneh missed practice due to illness, receiver Brandon Banks is out with similar symptoms. Kanneh was back on the field today, as was offensive lineman Mike Filer (who is dealing with a lower body issue) though both seemed at least somewhat limited.

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