Charleston Rambo wins starting job for Montreal in Grey Cup rematch against Winnipeg

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The Montreal Alouettes will have rookie receiver Charleston Rambo in the starting lineup when they visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday night.

The six-foot-one, 185-pound native of Cedar Hill, Texas was a last-minute addition to the team’s training camp but was a top performer during the preseason, catching seven passes for 138 yards over two games. His play led the team to release Tevin Jones, who joined the team in free agency after making 85 receptions for 1,147 yards and six touchdowns over two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The rest of Montreal’s offence remains mostly the same from last year, minus the right tackle spot where Jamar McGloster has been placed on the six-game injured list. Josh Donovan, who spent a portion of last season on the practice roster, will start in his place for what will be his first career CFL regular season game.

Walter Fletcher has also won the starting job at running back, replacing William Stanback, who is now a member of the B.C. Lions. Fletcher started four games for the Alouettes last season and finished the season with 266 rushing yards and 176 receiving yards.

Defensively, the Alouettes will start two Canadians along the defensive line in Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund and Derek Wiggan, both of whom were signed awya from the Calgary Stampeders in free agency. Adeyemi-Berglund, a former first-round pick out of Southeastern Lousiana University, made five sacks in a rotational role for the Stampeders last season, while Wiggan started all 18 regular season games at nose tackle.

Nafees Lyon has returned to his starting spot at boundary cornerback after missing almost all of last year with a knee injury. The 27-year-old native of Charlotte, N.C. has made 83 total tackles, four interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble over 20 career CFL games with Edmonton and Montreal. In a corresponding move, Dionté Ruffin has moved from boundary cornerback to boundary halfback.

Three-time East Division all-star Dylan Wynn, who was signed from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in free agency, will start the season on the one-game injured list alongside Canadian receiver Shedler Fervius and defensive end Brock Gowanlock. Defensive back Wesley Sutton and receiver Reggie White Jr., both of whom were projected starters, are with McGloster on the six-game injured list.

The Montreal Alouettes (0-0) will visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-0) at Princess Auto Stadium on Thursday, June 6 with kickoff slated for 8:30 p.m. EDT. For an overview of Winnipeg’s depth chart, click here.

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