News and notes from the first day of Ticats training camp

Day one of Ticats training camp and while we’ve had plenty of Johnny Manziel coverage – and if you’re sick of it now wait until the American reporters start showing up this week – there are a few other things worth noting…

First, an updated depth chart with some of the recent additions and deletions as well as my take on the positional battles.

– head coach June Jones said today that receiver Terrence Toliver had a second knee procedure in January and is unlikely to be ready to start the regular season.

– the offence rolled with two Canadians among the starting five with Jacob Scarfone running with the first team. Felix Faubert-Lussier, who was in the starting unit during much of mini-camp, missed practice today but is expected back tomorrow.

– speaking of Canadian receivers, Jones said there is a contract dispute between the club and first-round picks Mark Chapman and Darius Ciraco and that’s why they aren’t at camp.

– American receiver Andrew Turzilli has been placed on the suspended list after electing not to attend training camp. Sounds like he’s thinking over his future in the game. The team added international receiver Shakeir Ryan to take his place.

– starting SAM linebacker Mariel Cooper left the field with what looked like a hand or shoulder injury about two-thirds of the way through practice. No update but it didn’t look good. SAM is a question mark for Hamilton this season… D.J. May stepped in after Cooper went down.

– I feel pretty good about the accuracy of the first and second units in the receiving corps and the defensive backfield. The team did not do any team sessions today – 12 on 12 – so it was hard to get a good look at the offensive and defensive lines.

A reporter from CHCH TV asked Jones and Manziel about domestic violence today after I raised it in the introductory press conference on Saturday. Jones more or less reiterated what he said yesterday – the league has made its decision, we’re here to talk about football, while Manziel answered thusly:

“Obviously the magnitude of my mistakes in the past is definitely not something I’m proud of,” he said in response to a question about his since-dropped 2016 domestic assault charge. “But at the end of the day, I feel like I’ve come a long way from the person that I was at that time. I feel like I’ve grown a lot and I feel through the mistakes I’ve made that they’ve turned me into a better person. They’ve turned me into a man. I’ve talked with coach and everybody in this organization about the things I need to do, to ensure success for myself, they’ve put in place for me. I’ll never be able to out-run my past. I never will. The only thing I can do is grow and hopefully be a better person moving forward and I have every intention of being that.”

I felt it was a relevant question to ask and given that Manziel didn’t address it yesterday, the follow up wasn’t unexpected. At this point, I think he’s addressed it as much as he’s going to.

Manziel stayed after practice, signed autographs and chatted with fans.

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