As the Tiger-Cats and Elks make final preparations for their Week 4 Canada Day game in Hamilton at 7:30 pm on Friday, both teams have made several key personnel changes. In a game in which both teams are 0-3, and need a boost to get their season going in the right direction, it is not surprising that both teams trying to make adjustments to reverse their fortunes. The Tiger-Cats adjustments are focused on the offensive line and running back. For the Elks, a new quarterback will get his first start of the season, and running back James Wilder Jr. has been ruled out for the game. Let’s take a look at the adjustments made by the Tiger-Cats and Elks.
The Tiger-Cats will be unveiling their 4th offensive line combination in 4 weeks. Newly acquired offensive lineman Colin Kelly will start at left tackle. Coulter Woodmansey was activated from the 6-week injured list earlier this week and will start at right tackle. Veteran Tiger-Cat Brandon Revenberg is back in the lineup at left guard, Jesse Gibbon will start at centre for the 3rd week, and Chris Van Zeyl completes the offensive line at right tackle. Kay Okafor is listed as an available backup offensive lineman. The Tiger-Cats will also be giving running back Wes Hills his first regular-season start this Friday.
The Elks have also made many personnel moves heading into this week’s game in Hamilton. Tre Ford will get his first start at quarterback over Nick Arbuckle. James Wilder Jr. is a late addition to the Elks injury report and is listed out for this week’s game. Charles Nelson and Sherman Badie are listed as the active running backs for this week’s game. Defensively, defensive end Thomas Costigan will be getting the start along with Brady Sheldon at MLB and Jeawon Taylor at SLB.
This week 4 matchup is very important for both the Tiger-Cats and the Elks due to both looking for their first win of the season. Both teams have made some adjustments to try and get better results. It will be interesting to see if these adjustments spark improved results for either team. In a game defined by adjustments, we will see which staff made the right adjustments and put their team in the best position to get their first win of the 2022 season.
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