Hebert: "I can't say i've ever wanted anything more than this"
The Montreal Alouettes lost their second preseason game today in Toronto as the Argos came out on top 25-20.
Kyries Hebert got the start at safety today and is hoping to keep the position after last week's release of Etienne Boulay. Hebert says he's happy with his pre-season performance and now the decision is out of his hands.
"I go out there and i'm going to work as hard as I can for the team. As for the evaluation, that's not my job, my job is to play football. So I hope that what I did out there and throughout the pre-season was enough because every guy in here wants to be a starter. I don't think there's anyone that comes in here wanting to be the back up. But whatever role i'm needed in, i'm prepared to take on that role."
The former Ottawa Renegade and Winnipeg Blue Bomber had been let go by the NFL's Bengals. He was out of football last year which he says only makes him want this even more.
"I can't say i've wanted anything more than this...ever. Because regardless of whether it was the NFL or the CFL I felt like I was young and i'd have opportunities to go out and we could do it this year and if not this year next year we'll get better next year. This may be the last opportunity. I'm here now. So there's now time like the present time. It's a great coaching staff a great group of guys who want to do things the right way for the right reasons. So there's nothing more that I want than to be a part of this organization at this time."
And while the players will enjoy an off day tomorrow, it's crunch time for GM Jim Popp and head coach Marc Trestman. Trestman says they should have their final roster locked in by 2pm Thursday and that they've got a lot of decisions to make over the next 48 hours.
"We'll certainly start evaluations right on the train, we'll have the tape we'll get as much evaluation as we can tonight and we'll be doing it hard tomorrow. As I said to the team, we've got a lot of guys who deserve to make this team who aren't going to make it. So we need to make sure we make the right decisions not only for the present moment but for the future. So we know it's going to be difficult but we think we have enough on tape now to make the right decisions."