Preparatory match: 10 major observations in the Alouettes’ victory

Playing their first preseason game, the Alouettes enjoyed a 30-13 victory against the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday evening at Percival-Molson Stadium. Beyond the result, here are 10 observations arising from this part:

  • Pass receiver Kaion Julien-Grant, who missed the end of the regular season and the Canadian Football League playoffs due to a shoulder injury last year, is in great shape. The Canadian athlete also scored the Alouettes’ first touchdown on a long pass from Cody Fajardo, a 48-yard play.
  • Among the Americans, pass catcher Charleston Rambo undoubtedly deserves another chance to showcase himself next Saturday in Ottawa, during the Alouettes’ second and final preseason game.
  • Quebecer Geoffrey Cantin-Arku was used extensively, both defensively and on special teams. He is slowly adapting to the pace of the Canadian Football League.
  • Tyson Philpot, who played the hero by catching the game-winning pass with 13 seconds remaining in the Gray Cup final, picked up where he left off with Fajardo. He made a spectacular catch in the Alouettes’ first offensive series

Photos Martin Alarie, QMI Agency/Journal de Montréal

  • American running back Stevie Scott III has done nothing to suggest that he could take the running back position from Walter Fletcher. On the other hand, Mike Weber Jr. showed great flash in the fourth quarter by skilfully eliminating a few opponents on a 23-yard run.
  • Despite an interception at his expense, the Argonauts will not be badly taken with Cameron Dukes at the quarterback position. The one who will be called upon to replace Chad Kelly, suspended for at least the first nine games, demonstrated that he could pass the ball, but also run with the oval object.

Photos Martin Alarie, QMI Agency/Journal de Montréal

  • The defensive unit risks once again being at the heart of the Alouettes’ success this season. In Saturday night’s game, Nafees Lyon stood out with an interception in the first quarter.
  • Quebec marauder Marc-Antoine Dequoy seemed on his way to making a spectacular sack in the first quarter, but he missed his tackle on quarterback Cameron Dukes, who immediately took the opportunity to throw a touchdown pass. It’s obviously better to see Dequoy lack finishing in a preseason game like that rather than in the regular season.
  • One of Cody Fajardo’s backups, quarterback Davis Alexander, 25, has very good potential.
  • Defensive player Nigel Warrior, who was trying to break through the Alouettes’ formation, appeared to be seriously injured in the second quarter.


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