Ticats QB Masoli ‘would love to have’ No. 1 pick Chapman in camp

Ticats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli wants No. 1 CFL Draft pick Mark Chapman at training camp but understands the situation from the players perspective.

Hamilton’s contract stalemate with the Canadian receiver has spanned more than a week of training camp and the sides were reportedly “light years” apart.

“I know they’re still talking. It’s unfortunate that he’s going to fall behind, but that’s the decision he and his agent have to make,” head coach June Jones said.

The players in the locker room won’t hold it against Chapman for wanting a fair market contract.

“Me and him have the same agent so I definitely try to tell him we need him. We would love to have him here but that stuff is obviously out of my control and almost out of his control too. It’s just business,” Masoli said.

“I don’t know if anybody really knows the true details of everything besides him, his agent and the front office here in Hamilton. Obviously, we all want him to be here, but at the same time, none of us really know the details of what’s going on.”

It seems as though the Ticats could employ two national pass catchers among the required seven Canadian starters for the ratio. 2012 first round pick Shamawd Chambers has been working in the slot after producing 279 yards on 28 receptions in the final seven games after Hamilton acquired the 2015 Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian from Edmonton last season. While Mike Jones, Felix Faubert-Lussier and Jacob Scarfone are sharing reps at the field side receiver position, that’s the spot where Chapman could fit in well.

Chapman starred for Central Michigan University, leading the Chippewas with 59 receptions and 875 yards while reaching the end zone five times in 13 games during his senior year in 2017. The six-foot, 180-pound pass catcher made 147 receptions for 2,035 yards and 10 touchdowns over four seasons with the Chippewa’s. Masoli has watched game film of Chapman and believes the Port Huron, Michigan native could make an impact in the CFL.

“He looks pretty good, he definitely does,” Masoli said. “We’ll wait and see.”

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