Elks need end of training camp practices to ‘finalize’ backup quarterback behind Trevor Harris

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Edmonton Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo wants to see more from the quarterbacks behind franchise man Trevor Harris.

Troy Williams, Taylor Cornelius and Drew Anderson are competing for the backup QB job. The three signal callers were trying to separate from the group during the Elks scrimmage on Sunday.

“There was a couple of good things and bad things. What we’re looking for in that number two is a guy that can run the system and stay within the system,” Elizondo said.

“I was disappointed that we threw three interceptions. We had minimized those in practice, I thought we had been pretty good in practice at not throwing a lot of interceptions.”

Williams earned a roster spot with the Elks in 2019. He appeared in his first CFL game during Week 18 in 2019, rushing nine times for 18 yards as the short yardage quarterback. In Week 21, the University of Utah product went one-of-three passing for 15 yards with one interception while rushing twice for eight yards.

Under Elizondo in the XFL with the Tampa Bay Vipers, Cornelius completed 63 percent of his passes for 858 yards with four touchdowns and six interception in five starts. He also rushed 17 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

Anderson spent the 2019 season with the Arizona Cardinals. He played three NFL pre-season games that year, completing 18-of-32 pass attempts (56.2 percent) for 206 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while carrying the ball three times for 42 yards.

“We’ve got three very talented quarterbacks in Troy and Taylor and Drew,” Elizondo said. “And really with them we’re going to need the next three days to finalize who the number two is.”