After a couple of rocky performances from kicker Boris Bede to start the 2019 season, it sounds like the Montreal Alouettes are ready to bring in a proven kicker as competition.
According to my sources, the Alouettes will sign Canadian Tyler Crapigna. The 26-year-old klcked for the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but he missed all of 2018 with a lower-body injury. He was released by the Riders on May 7, but was quickly scooped up by the Toronto Argonauts, who later released him at the end of training camp.
Crapigna didn’t punt for the Riders during his two full seasons there, but he hit 85.7 percent of his field goals in each of those two campaigns.
Of course, Bede kicks field goals, punts and kicks off for the Alouettes, so if they’re going to roll with Crapigna, they may have to find themselves another Canadian kicker that can handle the punting duties for them.
There’s no denying that Bede has one of the strongest legs in the CFL, but his lack of consistency is what leaves his team frustrated. The 29-year-old has been the Als’ full-time kicker since 2015. He’s averaged 44.1 yards per punt and he’s hit 80.6 percent of his field goals. Bede hit 90 percent of his field goals during his rookie season but he’s followed that up with percentages of 52.4, 82.9, and 85 (he’s at 66.7 percent this year as he’s made two of three). He missed a field goal from inside 40 yards in Week 1 against Edmonton and his punting has been an issue through two contests.
Bede consistently leads the league in kickoff yardage by a wide margin, but that doesn’t really help an Als team that doesn’t score many touchdowns.
This move doesn’t necessarily signal the end for Bede in Montreal, but this move isn’t exactly good news for, either.