Tiger-Cats receiver Bralon Addison has been in the CFL long enough to understand the type of defence Chris Jones runs.
The 54-year-old old defensive guru was last in the East Division with the Argonauts during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Hamilton will match-up with Jones in the QEW rivalry for the first time since he returned north of the border in Week 10.
“Chris Jones has had success in this league and we know he’s going to be aggressive. You’re going to see man-to-man and pressure, we’re prepared for that,” Addison said.
“They have a lot of players that are aggressive, they have players that are athletic and play hard. As a competitor, you want a game like this where it is going to be physical and uptight.”
Addison played in his first game of the 2021 season in Week 9 after recovering from surgery on his leg in mid-August. The 2019 CFL all-star caught seven passes for 73 yards and was targeted by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli a team-high nine times, but the rapport is a work in progress.
“Keep it going and have it stay consistent. All the best offences in the world, it’s just something that’s a tough thing that you keep the quarterback on one accord with all of his receivers,” Addison said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s just because we haven’t played together in a long time, it’s tough in football, period. Not necessarily because we haven’t played in a long time, especially in football it’s just hard — period — to build that chemistry and timing.”
Masoli finished his first start since Week 2 completing 23-of-33 passes (69.7 percent) for 223 yards with no touchdowns and zero interceptions in the 23-20 overtime loss to Montreal during Week 9. The veteran QB was “salty” about the black and gold blowing a 14-point fourth quarter lead.
“I know that he thinks that he has to play better. Jeremiah hasn’t played a lot of football recently and I know he’s a no-excuse guy,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.
“It is the most important position on the field and you gotta believe that he will play better. When you get efficient play from the quarterback it increases your opportunity to win more consistently.”
That’s what Masoli and the Ticats are aiming to do when Toronto comes to Tim Hortons Field on the Thanksgiving holiday Monday. It’s a key game as the Argos enter first place in the East Division at 5-3 while Hamilton is 4-4.