Ticats’ offensive weapon Bralon Addison slices defences in a variety of ways

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Bralon Addison has become a lethal weapon with various settings.

It’s like Tommy Condell selecting which character to play with in a video game — the choices on his offensive chart are seemingly endless. Addison is one of the most dynamic options — able to catch, run and pass — in the CFL.

“I like to call myself QB four. Technically I would be QB five but Soli [Jeremiah Masoli] is out right now so I think I’ve moved up to QB four,” Addison said.

“He’d like to throw every down, he’s quarterback number four, but he’s really quarterback one in his mind,” Condell said.

The all-state high school quarterback whispers passing ideas to Condell despite having attempted one pass in 2019 and having it hit the ground. As a senior at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, Addison threw for 2,158 passing yards with 22 passing touchdowns while rushing for 1,625 yards and 20 touchdowns.

“I knew about Bralon a long time ago. My wife’s from Houston and he’s from Houston,” Condell said. “He was unbelievable.”

Every university or college who recruited Addison knew he wanted to be a receiver. He felt the chances of being a quarterback at the pro level were slim just based on numbers. Addison landed at the University of Oregon where his quarterbacks would be Marcus Mariota and Vernon Adams Jr.

“Every game [Adams] played we won besides one against Michigan State and we scored over 30 points every game he played,” Addison said.

Addison led Oregon in receptions (63), receiving yards (804) and touchdown grabs (10) during the 2015 season when he shared the offensive huddle with Adams. That was Addison’s senior year in Eugene, Oregon. After going unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, Denver inked Addison as an undrafted free agent. Chicago signed Addison and he played two games, recording one catch with the Bears.

“I went to Denver as a receiver and I was a third down running back with Chicago,” Addison said.

During the spring of 2017, Addison was released and left the windy city. Following nearly an entire year out of football, he put pen to paper with the Toronto Argos. Condell was the offensive coordinator under then-head coach Marc Trestman. But Addison never played a game for the double blue. Duron Carter was brought in and Addison let go to open a roster spot for the Argonauts in August 2018.

“It just takes somebody to like you. I didn’t fit in Toronto and they got rid of me,” Addison said.

When Orlondo Steinauer was installed as the Ticats’ head coach, Condell was hired as offensive coordinator. The familiarity benefitted both the play caller and playmaker. Addison snagged 95 balls for 1,236 yards and seven touchdowns plus 36 carries for 218 yards and one major.

“We get to reap the benefits if we’re able to really see what they can do, evaluate that and then put them in the right situation and let them take over,” Condell said.

“Being able to play multiple positions and multiple offences and being able to be a smart guy football-wise, it’s helped a lot,” Addison said. “My versatility is one of my weapons.”

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.