CFL mini-camps come in all shapes, sizes

Argonauts players take part in a mini-camp workout several seasons ago. Teams throughout the league...

Argonauts players take part in a mini-camp workout several seasons ago. Teams throughout the league choose various avenues for mini-camps. (QMI AGENCY)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

It’s CFL mini-camp season, which means most teams are heading south to get away from the last few cool days of our Canadian winter to get a jump on the 2014 campaign.

Since the players’ association four years ago allowed teams to conduct off-season mini-camps, general managers have gone about them differently. Once in a while the whole team is there, often it’s only rookies and negotiation list players, and other times it is somewhere in between. Attendance for veterans is voluntary.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are holding their mini-camp this weekend in Bradenton, Fla., at IMG Academy, and it’ll be much different than the one they conducted last year. Thanks to all the veteran off-season additions and assistant coaching changes last off-season, the Riders decided to gather the entire team in Florida.

You can’t say it didn’t work, either, as the Riders went on to win the Grey Cup on their own field eight months later.


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