Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Need Consistent Effort from Starting QB Davis against Visiting Alouettes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Need Consistent Effort from Starting QB Davis against Visiting Alouettes

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Redblacks need consistent effort from Davis

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OTTAWA - After losing several key players in the off-season, there were a number of questions surrounding what the Ottawa Redblacks were realistically capable of heading into the 2019 CFL campaign.

The Redblacks (2-1) appeared to have all the answers after winning their first two games, but a number of their weaknesses were exposed last week in a 29-14 loss against the undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Another loss to the visiting Montreal Alouettes (1-2) on Saturday will raise more red flags.

Part of the problem has been the inconsistent play of quarterback Dominique Davis, who was handed the role of starter for the first time in his career. But despite pressure to perform, Davis said he isn't getting caught up in wins and losses right now.

"You don't win Grey Cups in July," Davis said ahead of Saturday's game. "I just look at it as a learning experience and take it one week at a time."

Davis has found success connecting with Dominique Rhymes and RJ Harris, but the Redblacks need to get more from veteran Brad Sinopoli. Through three games Sinopoli has 13 catches for 127 yards.

Harris will take over returning kicks this week after Ryan Lankford was released. He said he's looking forward to the added responsibility and is somewhat familiar with the role as he replaced Diontae Spencer at times last season.

"Coach has put that faith in me and I don't want to let, not only the coaches, but my teammates down," Harris said. "My teammates trust me back there and I trust my teammates up front as well. That confidence they instill me gives me the want to go out there and perform at a high level."

Harris returned kicks in college and recently spoke to Spencer who gave him some advice on what he might deal with.

"Any time you have the opportunity to carry a heavier workload you look forward to it. …

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