B.C. Lions impressed with former NFL QB John Beck at mini-camp

Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck walks off the field after a series against the San...

Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck walks off the field after a series against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland, November 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Andrew Cameron)

Kirk Penton, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

No Steven Jyles is no problem for B.C. Lions head coach Mike Benevides, especially after he saw what John Beck had to offer.

The Lions learned last week that Jyles, a CFL veteran of more than 25 starts, doesn’t want to play football right now. The Leos had agreed to terms with the former Eskimos, Roughriders, Bombers and Argos starter in April, but he informed the club he was staying in Texas with his family.

That left B.C. with starter Travis Lulay, who is coming off throwing shoulder surgery, and three pivots lacking any kind of CFL experience behind him: Chris Hart, Jarrett Lee and John Beck.

All four quarterbacks gathered in Vancouver earlier this week for the team’s mini-camp, which consisted of only offensive players. Benevides liked what he saw from Lulay, who is on track to be ready for the start of the season, and he likely breathed a sigh of relief after watching Beck, who started seven NFL games for Miami and Washington.


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