Edmonton Elks Training Camp Day 10: Derel Walker makes his long-anticipated return

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In mid-January, the Edmonton Elks made 1 of the biggest off-season signings successful the CFL by bringing backmost All-Star receiver Derel Walker.

Finally connected Monday, Walker made his instrumentality to the greenish and golden aft completing his seven-day quarantine.

“It’s amazing… a batch of differences, a batch of antithetic nuances and a batch of antithetic teammates,” Walker said.

“There’s a batch of guys who I played with successful Toronto (in 2019) and a fewer guys I played with present antecedently and management.

“It’s astonishing to beryllium backmost present particularly with each of the things guys had to flooded successful this past year.”

It’s the 3rd stint with Edmonton for Walker, who played the 2019 play with Toronto Argonauts.

During his erstwhile clip successful greenish and gold, Walker recorded 4,208 yards and 26 touchdowns. He helped Edmonton to a Grey Cup rubric successful 2015, erstwhile helium was besides named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie. He’s three-time West Division All-Star, two-time CFL All-Star and was named an East Division All-Star successful 2019.

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Walker was much of a spectator connected Monday, talking portion successful lone idiosyncratic drills, but caput manager Jamie Elizondo says his beingness was precise overmuch felt.

“It’s great. It starts with who helium is arsenic a idiosyncratic and helium has a large personality,” Elizondo said.

“He’s been successful tune with each of the meetings and truthful close disconnected the bat, he’s been asking a batch of questions. When you miss each of those meetings and not being successful the aforesaid room, you’re conscionable taking notes and absorbing everything connected a Zoom meeting.

“He had a batch of questions, which is good, but it felt large to person him back.”

Walker was a precocious accomplishment aft taking attraction of immoderate idiosyncratic concern astatine home.

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He said it was bully to ticker up adjacent Monday earlier his workload increases passim the remainder of grooming camp. While helium was successful quarantine, helium was capable to instrumentality portion successful meetings virtually, which Walker says was bully stimulation for him to interruption up the monotony.

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“I’m a pupil of the game. There’s a small spot of a grey country watching it connected Zoom. I truly don’t get each the small coaching that I ever instill wrong the players connected definite plays, formations, and routes”, Walker said.

“Just being capable to be the meetings and perceive immoderate of those things, it helps a lot. Also, studying the playbook connected my ain but present I’m capable to get backmost with the guys and capable to marque mores consciousness the terms.”

Also making their archetypal quality aft going done quarantine were violative lineman Justin Renfrow and Thaddeus Coleman, who is backmost for a 3rd clip with the greenish and golden since making his archetypal quality successful Edmonton backmost successful grooming campy of 2008.

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Edmonton Elks OL Thaddeus Coleman connected being backmost for 3rd time, archetypal was backmost successful grooming campy successful 2008.

Player profile

89 Diego Viamontes WR 5’10 189 pounds 30 Mayas CDMX

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Diego Viamontes likes Edmonton. That’s bully due to the fact that the pandemic kept him and his caller household present implicit the past year.

“We were conscionable joined and we were starting a household and we decided to marque our location here.”

Viamontes and his woman person started a concern present with immoderate different Mexican partners – the CH Cafeteria – specializing successful java and cocoa treats.

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Unsure if helium would they would beryllium capable to instrumentality aft the pandemic due to the fact that of borderline closures, they decided to stayed successful Edmonton. Staying meant they could support moving astatine the cafeteria, but it besides meant that girl Lua would beryllium calved successful Edmonton, and she was successful October of past year.

“It was thrilling. We emotion that she was calved here. It’s a bully story.”

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Dad is besides a bully story: the archetypal wide prime successful the inaugural CFL Global draught successful 2019, dressed for 2 precocious play games successful 2019 — helium didn’t registry immoderate violative stats but Viamontes did instrumentality 3 footwear offs for a full of 44 yards successful the regular play finale successful Saskatchewan.

The 30 twelvemonth aged has large velocity and has shown bully hands successful signifier and is present waiting for the accidental to amusement them disconnected successful a game. In his 2nd grooming camp, helium is taking thing for granted successful the CFL.

“I play each time similar it’s the past time I americium putting a helmet on.”

One time astatine a time. pic.twitter.com/WD2OgDXGNG

— Diego Viamontes (@JairViamontes) July 18, 2021

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Roster moves

The Elks made 11 roster cuts connected Monday to get to required 75 players not including non-counters (CFL Draft picks). The pursuing players were released:

REC Rodney Smith
OL Kwabena Asare
REC Shakier Ryan
RB Marvin Kinsey
REC Jerry Louis-McGee
DB Tevaughn Grant
DL Devonte Holden
DL Mat Boesen
LB Ethan Aguayo
DL Chei Hill
LB Antonio Jones-Davis

The Elks adjacent grooming campy league is scheduled for Tuesday greeting connected The Brick Field astatine Commonwealth Stadium pending the aerial quality.

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