Feature on how the BC Lions’ offense is centered around Ryan Grice-Mullen

TP = The Province

TP Note: “The 22-year-old is at only his first CFL training camp yet, because so much of what the Lions hope to accomplish offensively is centered around him, the receiver with the brown-tipped dreadlocks is being treated like a proven veteran. The biggest move made by GM/coach Wally Buono in the off-season, which resulted in the release of Jason Clermont and insertion of Paris Jackson at slotback, doesn’t happen if Grice-Mullen is less than ordinary during his brief indoctrination to the three-down game late last season. It was during a stretch where Grice-Mullen had a pair of 100-yard receiving contests and showed the vertical stretch possibilities that could be added to the Lions’ offence that come from a 4.4-second runner in the 40-yard dash.”

About the challenges he faced at UH, RGM said:
“My first game I played USC and my second was against Michigan State. It ain’t no pressure. I thought I did well last year for somebody who had never played in the CFL. I don’t feel like there’s pressure as to whether I can play at this level.” (TP)

TP Note: “Pressure is trying to land a scholarship while playing three positions other than receiver on his high- school team in Rialto, Calif., that went 1-19 during Grice-Mullen’s last two seasons.”

TP Note: “Still, those five games last year were enough for the Lions to quickly offer him a contract extension over the winter to replace the deal that runs through the upcoming season. However Grice-Mullen turned them down. He also wouldn’t comment Wednesday when asked if the NFL remains on his radar even though he was cut in camp last year by two clubs.”

Asked if he plans to try to get to the NFL again, RGM said:
“This is my focus right now.” (TP)

About how RGM didn’t fully understand their offense last season, WR coach Jacques Chapdelaine said:
“When Ryan joined us he was able to grasp concepts that were assigned to him without understanding the bigger picture. When you join a team halfway through the season, that happens. But having him in training camp gives him a perspective on what we do. He picks things up very quickly. Now he gets an idea of the big picture.” (TP)



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