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Rounding up CFL rookie camp news

CFL training camps officially open this weekend, but rookies across Canada are getting in their reps before the veterans return. CFLpass has a few notes, links and videos rounding up some of the goings-on this week.

•  In Winnipeg, Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea “says he likes what he sees” from much of his rookie crop – specifically WR Addison Richards, the no. 11 overall pick in the 2015 CFL Draft. On the other hand, CJOB writer Keith McCollough reckons that QB Jordan Yantz from the University of Manitoba is “considered a long shot to make the team.”

•  Cleshawn Page of Boise State has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

•  From the now Time Inc.-based FanSided network comes speculation about veteran QB Ricky Ray’s comeback from a shoulder injury and just how long Trevor Harris will remain the Toronto Argonauts’ no. 1 quarterback. Argos head coach Scott Milanovich reportedly “suggests that Trevor Harris will get the chance to earn the starting job” – a vague answer indeed.

•  And how about that Blake Sims signing…?

•  Lots of images from rookie camps across the CFL, courtesy of the league, here.

•  A profile on three rookies in BC Lions camp starts with excellent stuff on Maxx Forde recalling the glory days of his father Brian hoisting the Grey Cup in ’94; touches on the widely-perceived biggest reach of the draft, Ese Mrabure-Ajufo; and ends up with Shaquille Murray-Lawrence just killing it like he did at the CFL Draft Combine.

To wit: “[I’m] an entertaining player, explosive, [a] home-run threat.” BC fans have got to be loving this guy already.

•  Finally, from the Job Security Elimination Department: How would you like to be an Ottawa Redblacks kicker right about now? At one point, Ottawa had eight would-be kickers seeking employment with the team. That number has been trimmed, but this position remains quite volatile at the moment.

This week, the Redblacks shipped out Zack Ramirez and Trey Barrow (signed two weeks ago) and brought in punter Delbert Alvarado. Alvarado was twice at Dallas Cowboys rookie camps and won the UFL championship (!) with the Virginia Destroyers in 2011, but hasn’t been seen in professional football since preseason in ’12.

No matter, the Redblacks have a plan E (F, maybe): GM Marcel Desjardins informed the Ottawa Citizen that his team would in fact “be announcing the signing of another kicker yet to identified on Saturday, the off-day between rookie camp and main training camp.”

Things sure looked different for the Redblacks while Brett Maher was penciled in as no. 1 kicker...