The Renegades will have three new faces and a brightened outlook when they visit the B.C. Lions tomorrow night.
The latter can be attributed to last Friday's remarkable comeback victory over the Montreal Alouettes, a week after Ottawa opened the season with a disastrous showing in Edmonton.
"A sense of confidence," coach Joe Paopao responded when asked the mood he sensed during preparations this week. "But we've got to be leery of the fact every week is a new week.
"If we don't go in and compete with a little more consistency (than against Montreal, where they relied on a big fourth quarter), then we will come up short against B.C. But I'll be up front with you, we expect to win."
Paopao did say he's "starting to see some things in this team that are a little different ... it reminds me of the (team's) first year when everybody wanted the opportunity to be a pro."
Two changes will be made on the offensive line. Import left tackle Reggie Nelson will make his Renegades debut after suffering a sprained ankle in the final pre-season game. His presence moves Val St. Germain from tackle to his regular left guard position, and import guard Morris Unutoa off the active roster.
Also, veteran Mike Sutherland returns from the broken finger he suffered in camp to serve as the team's sixth O-lineman. He replaces rookie J.F. Roy on the roster.
"I'll back up wherever they need me," said Sutherland. "I'm 100%. Ready to go."
On defence, middle linebacker Keaton Cromartie (mild concussion) returns from a one-game absence and replaces Gerald Vaughn (hamstring).