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Training Camp Report-Day 6

May 17, 2024 - Canadian Football League (CFL)
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Montreal - After two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, receiver Tevin Jones was looking to join forces with a pair of familiar faces in Montreal.

The 31-year-old played under head coach Jason Maas, who was the offensive coordinator in Saskatchewan in 2022, and his starting quarterback was Cody Fajardo. It's not a coincidence that Jones signed with the Alouettes when free agency opened last February.

"It was pretty big," Jones said of Maas, Fajardo, and Darnell Sankey's presence in Montreal being a deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Alouettes.

"I asked them how the team camaraderie was, and they said it was great. (Cody said) it was a once in a lifetime type of thing. He told me that the special teamers were great and that I'd love them. He told me I would fit right in. I spoke to Maas a little bit more about the offence and he told me that I'd join right in because I already know it a little bit."

Jones, who is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, is a giant target with big-play ability. Last season, he accumulated 882 receiving yards on 65 receptions despite there being a quarterbacking carrousel in Saskatchewan after starter Trevor Harris suffered an injury early in the season. His three best performances came against Winnipeg in Week 2 (9 catches, 121 yards), against Toronto in Week 8 (nine receptions, 133 yards), and against the Bombers, again, in Week 13 (five receptions, 96 yards).

"I just tried to take advantage of all my opportunities," he said after Friday's practice.

"When the ball comes my way, I try to catch everything. I didn't play the last five games on offence (last season). My main focus was special teams. It's not all about production for me. I knew I had to help the team on special teams in order to win.

"I watched film last season and noticed that the (opponent) didn't want to tackle me. Whenever I caught the ball, I just tried to keep running, and it worked. I learned that I'm not a 'catch the ball and get down' guy. I'm a 'catch the ball and run' guy. I really learned a lot about myself throughout the entire season."

With Austin Mack in the NFL, Jones has an opportunity to step right into the starting lineup in Mack's old spot as the wide receiver on the boundary side of the field.


Defensive back Quindarius "Smoke" Monday is the definition of a ball-hawk. During his college days at Auburn, he returned three interceptions for touchdowns, which tied him for the school record. Those three picks came against Alabama, Georgia State and Tennessee (it tied a school record for longest interception return for a touchdown at 109 yards).

"I just go out and play fast," Monday said. "I only have one thing on my mind. I like to hit to people. Once I step between the lines, it's nothing but intensity from me."

Before we go any further, you're probably asking yourself where the nickname "Smoke" came from? It was given to him by his late grandfather, "Big Will", because he would 'run around a lot'.

Monday will look to revive his professional football career in the CFL with the Alouettes. Even though there are so many players on the field in camp, it's hard to miss him because of his solid play on the field.

"I just want to prove to everybody that I can play ball," Monday said on Friday. "I've been doing this all my life. I feel like I never stop. I love this game so much, I have a huge passion for this game. I just want to show people I can still go out and play with the best of them."

New guys on the field: Former Ohio State running back Mike Weber Jr. and Alamaba linebacker Jaylen Moody were both on the field with the Alouettes for the first time since signing free-agent contracts with the team. Weber Jr. is wearing number 41, while Moody has jersey number 47.

On Saturday, May 18th, starting at 4:40 PM, the team will play an intra-squad game at the synthetic turf field of Multisports Park. The festivities will begin at 2:30 PM with a pre-game tailgate followed by a musical performance by TALK at 8 PM at the Festivities Plaza.

Admission to this game is free, as it is for all training sessions. The public is invited to attend the training camp activities in large numbers.

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The Alouettes added American offensive lineman Nassir Watkins (Liberty) on the suspended list.

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