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Landry’s 5 takeaways from the pre-season

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Hello, Hamilton Ticats. Particularly you, Orlondo Steinauer and Mark Washington. Blitzing the safety? In pre-season? Thank you, gentlemen.

Who says the only flavour you’re allowed to taste in tune-up games is vanilla?

Here are this week’s takeaways.

The Calgary Stampeders have holes to fill in their defence, including in the linebacking corps.

Judging by Friday night’s game versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders, they may have found a suitable new guy to fly around back there, at the weakside linebacker position.

In his first game in the CFL, 24-year-old hopeful Nate Holley served notice that he deserves a legitimately long look.

He stuffed a Roughriders’ 3rd-and-goal attempt. He forced a fumble on another play. He showed speedy range and an ability to lower the boom on a number of occasions during his time on the field, with three defensive tackles and two more on special teams.

That has to have gotten the attention of Calgary’s braintrust.

Could Holley be the next wrecking ball for the defending champs? Time will tell, of course, but the native of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, sure looked the part on Friday night.

Hayden Moore throws a pass in the Ticats win over Ottawa on Saturday (The Canadian Press)

We already know that the Hamilton Ticats have a guy who can fling with authority in Jeremiah Masoli.

Looks like they’ve got another strong-armed slinger in the pipeline, too.

23-year-old Hayden Moore had the mustard flying during Hamilton’s 25-21 win over the REDBLACKS in Ottawa.

Roped a 17-yard TD pass in to his left, over near the pylon. Fired a rocket of a completion to his right, to move the sticks........