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REDBLACKS gearing up to play

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are gearing up for their first season with quarterback Henry Burris now on their roster and training camp just around the quarter.

The team announced Tuesday that they had signed the 38-year-old veteran, who ranks fourth in all-time CFL regular season touchdown passes.

Defensive tackle Keith Shologan told Madely in the Morning Burris will be a big boost to the team.

"He's going to have that entire offence and probably the whole team hyped up and ready to play," said Shologan. "If we get good Henry Burris that's going to come in there and play well for us, you know, he can put up 400 to 500 yards a game, which is impressive anywhere you go. He focuses on not turning the ball over and putting it down field, you know, we can have some big things going on. It'll be interesting to see."

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon added the REDBLACKS have a chance to be competitive due to the expansion draft.

"You got to see how a team gels," said Cohon. "Coming down to it, you've got a great head coach, you've got a great GM and how they piece that altogether. But you've got leadership and that's what's important. You've got guys like Henry.... and people are surprised at the number of good picks you have now."

The REDBLACKS' season begins in July and Mayor Jim Watson insists their new stadium will be ready in time for kick-off.

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