It appears unlikely that Bo Levi Mitchell will see much playing time in his first preseason game with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“We haven’t made a decision. I wouldn’t think that Bo’s going to see much time if any at all, to be honest with you,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer told the media. “We’ll see how that goes and we’ll decide later in the week. We’ll put together a plan and just kinda see where we’re at but I don’t anticipate him playing a lot.”
CFL teams typically start most of their veteran players at home during the preseason and let them rest for preseason games on the road, as was the case in Monday’s game between the Edmonton Elks and Calgary Stampeders. The Ticats are scheduled to host the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. EDT for their first preseason contest.
Steinauer hinted that the club will field a young roster this weekend as Hamilton looks to assess their first-year players in a game setting.
“We’re looking for evaluation and the only way to get that is to allow people to play but you’re also preparing for the season opener with that in the background. That’s not the focal point, meaning you’re going to have to monitor the health of the people and that sort of thing,” said Steinauer. “I imagine the veterans won’t see maybe as much time as some of the first-year players, but we’ll see.”
The club has a number of ongoing position battles at defensive back, receiver, defensive back, linebacker, and punter. Hamilton’s second preseason game is scheduled for Friday, June 2 at Percival Molson Stadium against the Montreal Alouettes.