Kellett just wants to get his kicks

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- For a guy with a bad eye, Matt Kellett did a great job on a tough play during the final moments of yesterday's Renegades training camp practice.

The veteran kicker leapt high to haul down a snap from Mike Homewood during punting drills and managed to punt it a fair distance, which normally wouldn't have been a big deal.

But considering the Renegades are watching Kellett closely because of vision problems, it was a moment that at least encouraged the new kicker.

Earlier, during place-kicking practice, he shanked a few wide of the uprights.

It was just the second day Kellett had worked out, following his debut at camp on Tuesday.

"It's like anybody's golf game," he said. "You can't expect to get into the tee box and hit them all right down the middle from the start."

VISITS EYE DOCTOR

While the team took the field yesterday morning for the first session, Kellett visited an optometrist in Ottawa for a check on the vision of his right eye, which has given him problems since last year's camp in Montreal, when he played for the Als.

The problem originally surfaced as blurry images in the corner of the eye, but Kellett has also experienced double-vision.

He wore a patch over the eye during one game last season, and has had numerous tests.

Kellett has heard various medical opinions, but he still doesn't definitively know what's causing the problem.

"We're trying to get to the bottom of it and control it," he said.

Kellett thought that a combination of stress and not getting enough sleep might have been the culprits, but the vision problems returned during a more relaxing off-season when he returned home to Calgary.

He said there will be no choice but to take better care of himself this season when his wife and infant son move to Ottawa. Last year, while he was in Montreal, Kellett's wife was pregnant and out West.

He has a pair on contact lenses that are being worked on in Calgary that he hopes will be ready for wear before the start of the season.

"If I have to wear glasses in the pre-season, then I will," said Kellett. "But it's not something I really want to do when the regular season begins."

JOE THE TOE: QB Kerry Joseph boomed a punt more than 50 yards during yesterday afternoon's session. During his collegiate days with McNeese State, he handled both the pivot and punting duties. Joseph, who throws with his right arm but kicks with his left leg, once booted a ball in a college game under pressure after a high snap on a soggy field from his own 11-yard line that landed at the opponent's 20 and rolled to the 11 -- a hoof of 78 total yards.

GRID BITS: OL Reggie Nelson is expected to report to camp and be at practice today. Nelson was a college teammate of Joseph's at McNeese State ... New Renegades owner Bernie Glieberman attended yesterday morning's camp practice with co-owner Bill Smith and Forrest Gregg, the team's new VP of football operations ... A pair of veteran defensive linemen missed yesterday afternoon's practice: Kai Ellis for precautionary reasons because of an inflamed knee, and Anthony Collier with a knee sprain.


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