Point winger Jamal Davis returns to strengthen the Alouettes’ defense

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The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Davis came to Montreal and signed a two-year contract on Friday, following his release from the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers.

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Since returning to the Alouettes, Jamal Davis has had to take the bus twice to train. Nonetheless, the rush-end insists he’s happy to be back.

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“As long as we get from (point) A to B, practice and get the job done, that’s fine with me,” Davis said Monday, after bad weather forced the Alouettes to sprint. train inside Collège Marie-Victorin. “I’m just back in the organization and everyone welcomes me with loving arms. Just being somewhere they trust me already. I can show my ability. I can succeed for the team.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Davis returned to Montreal last Friday, signing a two-year contract, following his August 30 release from the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers. Although Davis appeared to have played well in three exhibition games – recording four defensive tackles, five assisted tackles and two more for losses – he was the victim of training camp.

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The Chargers haven’t offered the 27-year-old a spot on their training roster. He then had an unsuccessful tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers and wasted no time returning to the Alouettes. Although Davis remained under contract with Montreal this season, the fact that he re-signed and extended shows his commitment to the team.

“It’s been a great experience,” Davis said of his limited time with the Chargers. “People aim to get shot (in the NFL), but I love football so much, whether it’s in the CFL or the NFL. I’m happy to be here. Wherever I can help my team go far, that’s where I’m happy.

“I’m not depressed at all. Everything happens for a reason.”

Davis, a native of Canton, Ohio, was part of five other NFL organizations — Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Tennessee and Cleveland. He played three games with the Dolphins in 2019, but given the length of his new contract, he admitted he probably closed the book on another return to the NFL.

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“I heard from everyone that I had an amazing training camp,” Davis said. “And I did well in pre-season games. I really have no idea why I was released, but I’m not depressed or angry. I’m focused on the Montreal Alouettes. Concentrated to make us better as a team and help the defense in any way we can and be great for the team.

Davis started last season on the Alouettes’ practice roster, but once activated he became a fixture on the defensive line due to his production. In just nine games, Davis had 17 tackles and four sacks. He also recovered a fumble, returning it 19 yards for a touchdown.

General manager and interim head coach Danny Maciocia has confirmed that Davis will make his season debut on Friday night when the Alouettes entertain Hamilton in a crucial game. Montreal (5-7) is second in the Eastern Division, two points ahead of the Tiger-Cats (4-9) with one game less. The teams have shared two games this season.

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Maciocia and Davis spoke regularly throughout the process, with the talks escalating in the final 10 days after his release.

“He’s another bona fide passer, a guy who’s going to come out on top,” Maciocia said. “He can beat you with speed or power. You saw what he was capable of doing last year at the end of this schedule. Once we enabled it, we couldn’t remove it from the list.

“He’s a guy who’s going to work hard. He gives us a lot of depth in this position. We can turn people around. Hopefully they’ll be fresh enough that they all have some sort of production throughout. Game. “

Meanwhile, the Alouettes have also signed imported defensive back Ranthony Texada following his recent release by Ottawa. He started seven games for the Redblacks – six at halfback and the other at cornerback – producing 13 tackles and one interception.

“You can never get enough depth there,” Maciocia said. “And he has experience in the CFL.

Separately, safety Marc-Antoine Dequoy was excused from the team this week following the recent death of his mother from illness.

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