The return game of the quarter Ricky Ray does not change the preparation of the Larks
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The return to play of Ray will allow the defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe returns to its usual mentality.
For a second game in a row, the first row of the section Is will be up to the challenge, but this time, the Montreal Alouettes will have to negotiate with the Toronto Argonauts slightly different to the attack, Saturday.
After having amassed 142 yards through the air Friday, the Argonauts will welcome with open arms the return of their quarterback Ricky Ray, who missed two weeks of activities because of a shoulder injury.
But for the Alouettes (3-4), the presence of Ray does not change anything in their approach to the game. Even though there are still nearly three months to the season of the canadian football League-this second duel in as many weeks against the Argonauts (3-5) is as important as the last, won 21-9 by Montrealers.
“At the beginning of the week and during the week of spring break, we were preparing according to face Ray, the head coach of the Alouettes, Jacques Chapdelaine, Thursday. We have the manpower and we are prepared for his return. We know his way of playing and we want to put pressure on him while being cautious in defence. “
The defensive Alouettes had completely dominated the aerial attack of the Argonauts, the last week, but she had been caught a few times against the foot during games on the floor, licensor 96 yards to Brandon Whitaker and 60 quarter-substitute Cody Fajardo.
The return to play Ray, a quarter a lot more skillful in the pouch that the race, will allow the defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe to return to his usual mentality and be less concerned about the mobility of the quarterback opposing.
“We proved that we were a better team than them, but Fajardo has caused us some problems in the defensive. As soon as he saw a hole, he ran, analyzed the linebacker Alouettes Nicolas Boulay. Ray is a very good quarter, but we’re going to be able to put more pressure and force him to get rid of the ball more quickly. “
In seven starts this season, Ray has completed 199 of his 292 attempts of passes for gains of 2421 yards. He threw 10 passes and touch and he has been the victim of four interceptions.
“I don’t expect anything back from Ray. We need to do our job, has insisted the one-quarter of the Alouettes Darian Durant. It ends 1-0 or 45-44, the important thing is to win. It is necessary simply to score more points than his opponent and that is what we need to do Saturday. “
Giguère return, Campbell will wait
Beyond this encounter between two eternal rivals, the receiver québécois Samuel Giguere will play his first game of the season. He missed the first seven games due to a thigh injury suffered during the training period, and he does not hide that he was beginning to get bored of the football field.
“I was eager to return to action and my recovery has been longer than expected, said Giguère. I hope to have an immediate impact, but I wish especially that there is no decline in the performance and the communication to the attack. It’s going to take place perhaps a bit too quickly in the first quarter or in the first half, but I’ve studied the games and I am well prepared. “
Newly acquired of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the half defensive 24-year-old Tevaughn Campbell was present at the morning workout on Thursday, but it will have to wait before being inserted in the formation.
“I am pleased to be here and this is a new opportunity that offers itself to me. I intend to seize it, he said. It is an atmosphere very inviting and I want to contribute to the success of the team and lead it to the Grey Cup, whether in defensive or special units. “
In addition, the veteran centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain was absent from training due to a sore belly, but it is expected to be in uniform Saturday. In the case of the linebacker Frédéric Plesius, he will miss the game against the Argonauts, as he is still struggling with a contusion.