Masoli impressing Orlondo Steinauer with ‘Jeremiah-like’ throws as Ticats QB gains confidence following injuries

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Since the start of the 2019 CFL season, Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has started nine football games, three this year and all of them ended in losses.

Masoli was the QB of record in weeks one, two and nine in 2021, the last of which was his first game back in the lineup since suffering an injury to his ribs against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Head coach Orlondo Steinauer is not concerned about the man wearing No. 8 for the Ticats.

“Boy, I wouldn’t even… my quick answer is no, it’s not even a focus. Every game has its own thing and it brings about its own set of challenges and good things that show up,” Steinauer said.

“It’s kind of like when people were saying that we hadn’t beat Calgary in the last 10 times. Some of these things I’m just not aware of and part of that is tunnel vision just concerning myself with the next meeting.”

Through three games this season, Masoli has completed 64-of-99 passes (64.6 percent) for 600 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. He played clean football in Hamilton’s loss to Montreal in Week 9, but did not do enough for the Tabbies to win.

“He’s becoming more and more confident in his arm and becoming fully healthy. And his reads, I think the most important thing are those reads and those things coming in a timely fashion, I do see an improvement from last week,” Steinauer said.

“He hasn’t played a ton of football over the last three years. He’s becoming more comfortable and in watching what he’s done in practice, I’ve been very impressed with quite a few throws with what I would phrase as ‘Jeremiah-like’ where you’re wowed.”

The next chance for Masoli to earn his first win of the season comes on Thanksgiving Monday when the Tiger-Cats host the Toronto Argonauts at Tim Hortons Field at 4 p.m. ET.