As the Ticats prepare to play their first preseason game on Saturday, head coach Kent Austin is starting to formulate a game plan… and his lineup.
In his three seasons as head coach, Austin has used the first of his team’s two exhibition games to get a good look at Hamilton’s crop of rookies.
But that doesn’t mean every veteran is left off the depth chart.
Defensive end John Chick is hoping to play in Saturday’s game against the Argos.
“I always like to get in and work my skill set, get in the environment, get the feel of the game and the speed of the game again,” said the man who now sports a #7 on his Black and Gold jersey.
After spending six seasons in Saskatchewan and some time in the NFL, the 33-year-old Chick says he wants to get into live action as soon as possible.
The native of Gillette, Wyoming made 11 sacks in 2015 after recording 15 quarterback takedowns in 2014.
He has 53 sacks in 101 CFL games.
Chick says he’s impressed with the quality of talent on Hamilton’s defensive line, “it’s just a great group of guys. Not only as people but just the way they work, the intensity, the skill set they bring with them, it’s very exciting.”
The Ticats had a little fun competition at the end of Tuesday’s practice as head coach Kent Austin offered up a treat if kickers Brett Maher and Cody Mandell made their field goal tries.
Mandell missed his attempt and Maher connected on his.
After practice, Austin said the team will get a treat, but it’ll be “something sweeter” than the pizza the players had won Monday night.
Austin says both kickers are “doing okay,” adding “when our execution is good with the holder and the snapper they’re pretty good.”
But the head coach would not not say whether he will keep Maher and Mandell for both preseason games.