Joey Elliott’s up and down CFL life continues


To keep it simple, Joey Elliott’s days as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League appear numbered.

He’s now been waived by two different teams, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the B.C. Lions, but he caught a break when the Lions brought him back last Wednesday two weeks after cutting him.

Elliott already had shipped some of his belongings back home to Evansville, but since he had paid his month’s rent he took agent Dan Vertlieb’s advice and stuck around to see if any other CFL team might be interested.

When the Lions had starter Travis Lulay go down with a shoulder injury, Elliott was added back to the roster as a backup QB. He was off the roster for 11 days.

He’s now third on the depth chart behind second-year pro Thomas DeMarco, who is now the starter, and veteran Buck Pierce and rookie Chris Hart. Elliott also battled Pierce for playing time in Winnipeg.

“You’ve gotta have a thick skin at the quarterback position,” Elliott told the Vancouver Sun. “Getting released, my buddies back home asked me, ‘What are you going to do?’ Well, I was a free agent the week before the start of training camp. I did what a free agent does. I worked out and tried to refine my skills.”

Elliott’s next career move could be to turn to coaching. While has said in the past that he would love to coach in the NFL or college (and had a grad assistant opportunity at LSU), don’t be surprised to see him join his dad, John, at Ballard Memorial High School in Barlow, Ky. Those Bombers are off to a 5-0 start.

Elliott released by Bombers, confident of another shot

Joey Elliott’s stint as quarterback with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers ended last week when the Canadian Football League team released him.

Bombers head coach Tim Burke apparently decided to go in a new direction after Elliott tossed more than twice as many interceptions than touchdown passes last season. He passed for 2,190 yards and five touchdowns but was intercepted a dozen times.

“They said they were headed in a different direction, which I can understand from a business standpoint,” Elliott told the Blue Bomber Report last week. “I’m really excited and looking forward to my future and seeing what happens next.”

A former Harrison High standout who started his senior season at Purdue, Elliott was named the CFL offensive player of the week twice last season and had his best games as a professional when he passed for 403 yards against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, completing 33 of 43 passes.

In parts of three seasons, Elliott played in 33 games — starting nine — and completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,623 yards for seven touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

He signed with the team in July 2010 after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles after a free agent tryout.

Elliott said his agent is talking to other teams, including other CFL franchises, about a roster spot.

“It’s professional sports. No one likes to be released or to release anyone. I want to be a coach some day and I’m sure this will be the hard part,” said Elliott. “I’m glad they cut me before camp so I can try to find a job. I think I can be a starter in this league.”