New faces in Lions lineup

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

There are so many new faces at B.C. Lions' training camp, that even veterans need roster sheets.

Thirty-two players are listed in the newcomers section of the Lions' pre-season media guide. Centre Angus Reid hasn't seen this much turnover since 2003 when head coach and general manager Wally Buono joined the Lions' den.

"Probably the biggest adjustment to a team since Wally's first year here," Reid said. "It has to happen. We're going to find out how good the changes become during camp because there are a lot of names you and I don't know."

Buono sought to remake the team after losing to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West final last November. He wants to end the 20th season of his career coaching the Lions to the Grey Cup in Calgary this November. Slotback Geroy Simon said veterans also need to reinvent themselves.

"We haven't made the team yet, we need to come out and work, getting better and try to bring something new," Simon said.

The new talent replacing free agents and released or traded veterans means there is a natural jockeying for position. Buono conceded that previous training camps did not have a similar sense of urgency.

"We felt with the veterans we had, it was going to be a long season and training camp was going to be a process of preparation, maybe not as much a process of competition," Buono said. "We're going to be more competitive at training camp."

The Lions train twice a day at Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, but move to Rotary Stadium for next Sunday's FanFest scrimmage.


Videos

Photos