2021 Training Camp Central
Camp Notebook | Gamboa Eager For Round Two With Lions
“Hey, what’s good with y’all? I’m Victor Gamboa, born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. I went to Eastern Washington University. Fun fact about me: I’m a first generation anything sports in my family.” Fun facts. Every player, coach and staff member has had to address the team with something neat about themselves in training camp. This isn’t Gamboa’s first rodeo in Kamloops. In fact, he had to take the back road to get to where he has been striving towards now — to be a trusted field corner ...
Training Camp July 26 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on the tough decision to make roster cuts and how the group is progressing in the final week of practice in Kamloops.
Training Camp July 26 | Lemar Durant
Lions receiver Lemar Durant on getting some increased reps in today’s practice and gearing up for the start of the regular season August 6.
Camp Notebook | Scrimmage Two Recap
With only four days of full on-field work remaining in Kamloops, BC Lions veterans and rookies hit it hard Saturday morning at Hillside for their second of three team scrimmages. Without any pre-season games to prepare for and another big round of cuts coming in the next couple of days, everyone knows what’s at stake. Head coach Rick Campbell can be satisfied with two big factors from scrimmage two. The offence performed better and some of the newcomers who might be on the bubble were ...
Reilly Soldiers Through Camp With Mother Rhonda On His Mind
Rhonda Reilly is never far away in spirit. On Saturday, July 24th, what would have been her 60th birthday, she’ll be even closer in the heart and mind of her son, Michael as he honours her memory while playing the sport he loves at BC Lions training camp in Kamloops. It’s a sport that brought his family together for many years. Rhonda and Michael’s Dad Pat never missed a Lions home game or a trip to Calgary or Edmonton together, the proximity to their home in Montana allowing them to ...
Training Camp July 23 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on the play of his linebackers and how some of the first-year guys have shown so far in camp.
Training Camp July 23 | Ben Hladik
UBC product Ben Hladik on how he’s adapting in camp and the competition brewing at linebacker.
Camp Notebook | Hatcher Catching On
Keon Hatcher knows what it takes to rise to the occasion. Whether it was a big performance for Arkansas in 2016 where he caught two touchdowns against number one ranked Alabama, or clutching up in pre-season action with the Raiders in Seattle to solidify a roster spot, the new Lions receiver has experience when the eyes are on him. Through 12 days of training camp in Kamloops, he has taken advantage of another opportunity; reps with the first-team offence. So far, he has enjoyed the ...
Training Camp July 22 | Rick Campbell
Lions head coach Rick Campbell on the work done on day 12 and preparing for the second team scrimmage this weekend.
Training Camp July 22 | Victor Gamboa
Defensive back Victor Gamboa on life in training camp number two, battling it out with the offence and building off the momentum of a solid first week.
Camp Notebook | 'Last Chance U' Bonner Enjoys New Chapter
It’s a new chapter for Tim Bonner. The star in the second season of the acclaimed Netflix series, “Last Chance U” arrived in Kamloops with a mindset of making the final roster that’ll be traveling to Saskatchewan in less than a month. First, he must adapt to a different game and possibly playing a new position. “One on one drill was a little different for me because I was at the three-technique, I’m used to playing in the five [technique]. So I’m trying to learn this side but I did well for ...
Training Camp July 21 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on Claudell Louis taking over a bigger role coaching the defensive line and how the players have conducted themselves throughout this camp.
Training Camp July 21 | Hunter Steward
Offensive lineman Hunter Steward on being in year seven in orange and how the group is shaping up in Kamloops.
Training Camp July 20 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on getting a full practice in and what he likes about a few of the newcomers to this squad in 2021 camp.
Training Camp July 20 | Keon Hatcher
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher on adjusting to the CFL game and some of his NFL experience that got him prepared for this camp.
Training Camp July 20 | David Mackie
Fullback David Mackie on his strong showing in Tuesday’s practice and his overall camp experience so far.
Training Camp July 19 | Will Arndt
Quarterback Will Arndt on getting adapted to new offence and battling through smoky conditions in Kamloops.
Camp Notebook | 'Big Game' Powell Turning Heads
If you like your American CFL camp rookies to have plenty of big-game experience, look no further than Tyvis Powell. For starters, the hard-hitting safety was Defensive MVP in Ohio State’s win over Oregon in the 2015 College Football National Championship. Then following an eight-game stint on the Seattle Seahawks roster in 2016, he made his first career NFL start for the San Francisco 49ers in a Monday Night tilt two years later. Primetime, under the lights. Not many in this training ...
Training Camp July 19 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on the challenge of trimming roster, how the other four QBs are fitting in behind Michael Reilly and the overall competition as week two of camp begins.
Camp Notebook | Scrimmage One Recap
The first of three full team scrimmages- roughly 50 or so plays involving various situations- is in the books from Hillside Stadium. And if one had any doubt as to just how hungry these men are to play for real, that definitely should have been erased Saturday morning. Simply put, it felt like a game situation based on the yelling back and smack talk back and forth. There was even some pushing and shoving at various points. “Yeah man, that was fun,” noted defensive end Chris ...
Post-Scrimmage July 17 | Anthony Cioffi
Defensive back Anthony Cioffi on an impressive showing in scrimmage and what he likes about this secondary.
Post-Scrimmage July 17 | Will Arndt
Quarterback Will Arndt on being back playing football and what he loves about this Lions squad though one week in Kamloops.
Post-Scrimmage July 17 | Marcus Sayles
Defensive back Marcus Sayles on his big showing in Saturday’s scrimmage and what he likes most about his new team so far.
Spill The Tea | Anthony Cioffi and J.R. Tavai
Introducing Spill The Tea, presented by Twisted Tea! Anthony Cioffi and J.R. Tavai spill details on both ex and current teammates plus who would play them in a movie and much more!
Camp Notebook | Young Draft Picks Making Impression
Everyone in CFL circles is feeling like a kid on Christmas morning these days. Rob Ralph is another one with the look of an individual who received every item on his list before snagging an extra piece of fruitcake his younger sibling was eyeing at the dessert table. But now comes the task of taking down the tree and buckling down for the start of a new year. With week one of 2021 training camp almost in the books, the evaluation process becomes all that more crucial. The Lions Director of ...
Training Camp July 16 | Lucky Whitehead
Lucky Whitehead on his quest to improve in 2021 and what lifestyle changes he took seriously following the 2019 season.
Training Camp July 16 | Joel Figueora
Joel Figueroa on new additions to the offensive line and how jacked he is for the first camp scrimmage on Saturday.
Training Camp July 15 | Sukh Chungh
Sukh Chungh on the impact Kelly Bates has had on the group plus how much he has enjoyed being back on the field every day in camp.
Training Camp July 15 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on what he sees with the group as preparation for the first scrimmage this weekend heats up.
Camp Notebook | Rouse Draws Inspiration From Life Threatening Incident
“I’ve got a story to tell. I was shot in the head.” That’s not how you expect to start a conversation with a Lions training camp hopeful. With that, we present you the story of rookie defensive back Nydair Rouse. It goes without saying that most players on any given football field have had to overcome some type of adversity to get to this point. Not many have a story to tell quite like the youngster from Philadelphia. His story begins with being shot in the head in ...
Training Camp July 14 | Jordan X. Williams
2020 1st overall pick Jordan X. Williams on how he’s enjoyed camp to this date and how he sees himself fitting into some of the early defensive reps.
Training Camp July 14 | Garry Peters
Defensive back Garry Peters says he has found a home with the Lions and that the defence has performed very well in Kamloops through four days.
Training Camp July 14 | Kelly Bates
Offensive line coach Kelly Bates on his group’s quest to be better in 2021.
Camp Notebook | Ryker, O-Line Enjoy Early Bond
There were some Blizzards in the Kamloops forecast for Tuesday afternoon. About 16 in total, if we’re being precise. As offensive line coach Kelly Bates and his group of big men were preparing to sweat it out for another round of evening practice, there was an important celebration to take care of first. Rookie Tyler Packer turned 22 years young. All the more reason to have Dairy Queen delivered to the Thompson Rivers campus. “Blizzards and maybe some Dilly Bars,” Bates ...
Training Camp July 13 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell likes what he has seen from his squad so far, through three days in Kamloops.
Camp Notebook | Lucky Looks To Charm
It could be argued that this Lions squad being shaped in Kamloops already had enough playmakers on offence. But even with just one full practice under their belts heading into a stretch of evening work in Kamloops, it’s clear that Lucky Whitehead will help bring his charm and a huge dynamic to this group looking to score more points in 2021. The better news? Once he really gets up to speed in the playbook, it should be more smooth. That’s what non-stop virtual meetings and seven ...
Training Camp July 12 | Michael Reilly
Michael Reilly on the first few days of Kamloops and what the group is looking to accomplish day by day.
Training Camp July 12 | Lucky Whitehead
Lucky Whitehead on his first LIons camp, experience in previous stops in the NFL and what he’s looking to bring to this Lions offence.
Lee, Veterans Lovin' It More Than Ever
TJ Lee spent a good 30 minutes after Sunday practice doing a little extra work. Now granted, he needed to be close by for his post-practice media zoom availability. But that’s just Lee’s overall mindset: he loves football too much to take the foot off the gas peddle at this stage of his career. Being away from it for as long as he had only made him appreciate it even more. “It is the love of the game, the fact that miss it and I want to re-build good habits,” said ...
Training Camp July 11 | Bryan Burnham
Bryan Burnham is more than happy to be back on the field after a year off and working with great group of Lions looking to return to the playoffs in 2021.
Training Camp July 11 | TJ Lee III
Defensive back TJ Lee on being back in camp and how he appreciates the game more now as a veteran.
Training Camp July 11 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell breaks down opening day of training camp and admits it was pretty emotional to be back out on the field.
Camp Is Here! 4 Key Storylines In Kamloops
Camp is officially underway. Saturday’s short walktrhough at Hillside Stadium was the first official on-field activity of any kind for the squad since November 2nd, 2019. And let me just say, damn it feels great. The beauty of Kamloops never fails to disappoint either. Even if it will be a different kind of routine to start 2021 as we continue to adhere to certain pandemic rules, having football back is great no matter what the circumstance! With all of that, comes a few interesting ...
By The Numbers | 2021 Training Camp
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot out. And with the south coast of British Columbia set to experience record numbers in temperature over the next few days (40 degrees Celsius. Seriously?), it has certainly got many inside the Lions organization jacked up for the scorching heat at training camp in Kamloops starting July 10th. But hey, CFL football is back. That’s all anyone can ask for. Given all the stupidity of the last 16 months, I’m sure many players and ...
Positional Breakdown | Defensive Line
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our defensive line. The BC Lions defensive front will have a refreshing look for the upcoming 2021 season, as all the defensive linemen on the 2019 roster are no longer playing in orange and black. Shawn Lemon led the team with eight sacks ...
Positional Breakdown | Quarterbacks
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our quarterbacks. All good things come to those who wait. And boy, that’s a saying many of us can appreciate as life on the grid iron is set to return. For Lions offensive coordinator Jordan Maksymic, he’s been champing at the ...
Positional Breakdown | Receivers
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our receivers. The Lions receiving core is stacked when it comes to providing Michael Reilly with a very generous amount of weapons on offence. Although the focal point may point towards Bryan Burnham when it comes to our receivers, ...
Positional Breakdown | Running Backs
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our running backs. Jordan Maksymic won’t blame you if you think his running backs are a position group that might be flying under the radar heading into 2021. After all, the first-year Lions offensive coordinator has quarterback ...
Positional Breakdown | The O-Line
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our offensive line. When the Lions return to game action in Regina on August 6th, the offensive line will be looking to send a message across the league, Simply put, that they won’t let a lackluster 2019 season where they allowed 58 ...
Positional Breakdown | Linebackers
From now until the start of 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with linebackers. In 2019, the BC Lions defence gave up 1921 total rushing yards, which was seventh-highest out of all nine teams —only ahead of Ottawa and Toronto. Meanwhile, the Lions ranked third in the CFL for allowing an average of 220.1 ...
Positional Breakdown | Special Teams
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll begin with our special teams unit. It’s actually happening. CFL football is officially coming back on August 5. For us, it may be a sigh of relief or the excitement of being able to attend games again. But for the players, they now have a set date on their calendar ...