Paopao plans to get a kick out of Kellett

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Joe Paopao gave his kicker a vote of confidence yesterday -- the one that missed practice because he was at the eye doctor for another appointment.

"I'm not worried about him," Paopao said of Matt Kellett, who is scheduled to handle all kicking and punting chores in the first half of tonight's exhibition game vs. the Als. "As long as he gets his rhythm and timing down, he'll be fine. I don't think he has to prove anything to me. We know he can kick. We're looking forward to some strong play and consistency from him."

Kellett, a veteran of five CFL seasons, has been plagued by double vision and occasional headaches since he was with the Alouettes last year. When the problems carried over to this year's camp, the Renegades brought in import Bjorn Nittmo as insurance.

But having to use the aging ex-NFLer means they'll have to start another Canadian elsewhere, and the ratio is going to be difficult enough already for Paopao to meet.

While punter Pat Fleming hit on 2-of-3 field goals last week, he's slated only to handle kickoffs tonight.

SIDELINES: While the Alouettes are auditioning Americans Tim Duncan and Damon Duval for their own kicking job, hovering in the background is former Renegades K Demitris Scouras. While he is not signed, Scouras was with the team yesterday and rooming with RB Michael Jenkins ... Jenkins, who will be playing his first game in a year after missing 2004 with an ankle injury, should provide a stern test for an Ottawa defence that was susceptible to the run last week ... Ex-Renegades first-round pick Mike Vilimek would never admit to a desire for proving his old team was wrong not giving him a chance to play regularly -- but then, he usually doesn't say much of anything at all. "Geez, he's quiet," Montreal coach Don Matthews mused. "He just goes about his business and gets his work done." Matthews says Vilimek, who was signed away from Ottawa as a free agent, has admirably replaced the retired Bruno Heppell. "His job is as a fullback when called on, and to make special team contributions," said Matthews. "He certainly has filled that role." Vilimek, who had a 37-yard TD run called back last week because of a penalty, said any chance he gets to touch the ball is great. "It's not about trying to show (the Renegades) up," he said. "I just want to do anything to improve my situation here."


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