A new secret sauce for the Alouettes

SAINT-JÉRÔME – There were nearly a hundred players on the synthetic fields of the Multisports Park on Sunday afternoon, in Saint-Jérôme, for the opening of the Alouettes training camp. Head coach Jason Maas was quick to point out the importance of establishing a connection between different athletes, whether or not they were part of the 2023 Gray Cup championship team.

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“It’s a new season, we want to write our own story and it starts with a connection, there are several new guys and guys who were here last year and we want everyone to connect together at this camp,” Maas said.

Jason Maas, head coach of the Alouettes, during the first day of training camp, Sunday, May 12, in Saint-Jérôme.

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“Last year’s team was last year’s, we have a new formation and we have to find our secret sauce,” said quarterback Cody Fajardo. It’s good to see this competition internally during camp, it’s exciting.”

Battles at different positions

At the same time last year, Fajardo was precisely the one who wanted to confirm his number one position, while the receivers were more than twenty trying to prove themselves. In view of the 2024 season, the camp must above all be used to find a ball carrier to succeed William Stanback, who left for the British Columbia Lions. On the defensive line, American Dylan Wynn, added as a free agent, will want to make his mark, as will other newcomers Derek Wiggan and Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund.

Mustafa Johnson also remains in the equation on the defensive line while Shawn Lemon, suspended for making sports bets, and Lwal Uguak, on trial with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, must be replaced. Veteran Darnell Sankey, centerpiece of the defense, however, is back.

Cantin-Arku coming soon?

The departure of Austin Mack, who also got a chance for the Goodell circuit, also leaves a hole to fill among pass catchers. Tyson Philpot, Kaion Julien-Grant and Tyler Snead, among others, remain a solid core, while Quebecer Geoffrey Cantin-Arku, who tried to impress at the Miami Dolphins rookie minicamp in recent days, could soon join the Alouettes.

“I think we’re going to see him at camp, I’d like to say a little more, but I think we’re going to see him,” general manager Danny Maciocia simply mentioned, smiling.


Danny Maciocia, general manager.

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Remember that Cantin-Arku, 25 years old, was the first round choice (9e in total) from the Montreal organization in the most recent CFL draft.

With or without Cantin-Arku, there will certainly be no shortage of action in the coming weeks in Saint-Jérôme, where the Alouettes will also hold their training camp in 2025 and 2026. After an intra-squad match scheduled for next Saturday, on the synthetic field at Multisports Park, the Alouettes’ first preparatory meeting will follow on May 25, in Montreal, at Percival-Molson Stadium, against the Toronto Argonauts.

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