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Receiver DeVier Posey brings much-needed big-play ability to Alouettes

DeVier Posey has a knack for making big plays and he hopes that he can make a difference for the Alouettes this season.

Posey, who was signed as a free agent a few days after the start of training camp, already has a place in the CFL record book. He was the most valuable player in the 2017 Grey Cup game when he caught seven passes for 175 yards to help the Toronto Argonauts to a 27-24 upset win over the Calgary Stampeders. One of those plays was a 100-yard touchdown reception, the longest passing play in Grey Cup history.

Then there was the game last season, when he lined up with the B.C. Lions. He caught three touchdown passes in one quarter to lead the Lions to a victory over the Edmonton Eskimos in the game that clinched a playoff spot for the Lions.

“I have a switch, a competitive switch,” Posey said when asked about his ability to make big plays at the right time. “I always challenge myself to be my best self when the lights are the brightest. In my sophomore year (at Ohio State) playing in the Rose Bowl (in 2010), that was my best game of the year. I relish the opportunity to play in big games and make big plays and I play football for those moments.”

For the record, Ohio State upset Oregon 26-17 and Posey was the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with eight catches for 101 yards.

Houston drafted Posey in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft and he played two seasons with the Texans, catching 22 passes for 295 yards. He had three catches in a 2012 playoff loss to New England, but his day ended with what was believed to be an ankle injury. Further tests revealed he had ruptured his Achilles tendon. He was traded the New York Jets at the start of the 2013 season, but was released before playing a game. He came up short in subsequent stints with Denver and Baltimore.

He became a free agent after finishing last season in B.C. and Als general manager Kavis Reed reached out to him this month.

“I had some good talks with (quarterback Antonio) Pipkin and B.J. Cunningham and throughout the process it seemed like the warmest place as far as people reaching out and being open,” Posey said of his decision to sign in Montreal.

“I bring experience and energy and I want to help integrate a standard,” Posey said. “I’ve been around winning teams with a number of organizations and I want to help. There are a lot of vets here who want to go out with a bang and being a part of that is something special.”

Posey has quickly moved to the top of the depth chart at one of the receiving positions, but he noted that there is a lot of time for players to prove themselves in camp.

“Every time you head up the mountain, and I see the season as a mountain, it’s a process and part of that process is training camp where you lay the foundation,” Posey said. “That’s what it’s been about for us. We’re finding out who we are as an offence. We’re paying attention to detail and once we grasp those things and see the big picture, we’ll be ready.”

The Alouettes will get an idea of how that big picture is coming together, when they travel to Toronto to play the Argonauts Thursday morning in their first of two exhibition games.