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OTTAWA -- Paris Jackson says the way his time with his hometown B.C. Lions ended left him with a chip on his shoulder. Now, after 11 seasons in Vancouver, Jackson is heading east to rejuvenate his career. The 33-year-old wide receiver signed with the expansion Ottawa Redblacks in the off-season looking to prove hes still capable of making a valuable contribution both on and off the field. "Thats why I came here," Jackson said. "My family knew I wasnt too happy in Vancouver anymore, not having a role and not really knowing what was going on and just playing kind of spur of the moment and not getting many reps. "I needed a new spark in my career." Jackson was one of the Lions most consistent receivers. His best season was in 2008 when he caught 76 passes for 1,180 yards and eight touchdowns, and was named a CFL West All-Star. In 2009 Jackson moved to slotback, and recorded his second straight 1,000-yard season. In 2010 Jackson saw his receiving numbers decrease as he was hampered by injuries, and from that point on was relegated to a backup role with the Lions leading to frustration and disappointment. He used sparingly in his final three seasons in Vancouver before being released by the Lions. "I knew I still had a lot more athletic ability and a lot more plays to make before I retire," Jackson said. "I knew Ottawa was coming back in the league and I tried to be patient and not show all my cards, but at the end of the day I really wanted to come here because I knew I could help out a lot of young receivers." While his role with the Redblacks has yet to be determined, head coach Rick Campbell says hes been impressed with Jacksons work both on and off the field. "Hes in a competition to win a job and hes been doing a great job so far both on the field with his play and trying to be a leader trying to lead the way for some of the younger guys," said Campbell. "Hes looking good. Paris has been a good player in this league for a long time and I dont think hes done yet." Retribution can be a great motivating factor and its clear Jackson wants to prove hes still a playmaker. "I have a chip on my shoulder," Jackson said. "I wasnt beat out in Vancouver. They just gave someone my spot. Coming off an 800-yard season and two back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards and they just gave a young guy my spot. Im old school and believe you should have to earn my spot." Jackson says the situation with the Lions didnt sit well with him, but he swallowed his pride, as he knew he was fortunate to still be playing in front of family and friends. But he still believed he could have an impact given the opportunity and thats exactly what he plans on doing in Ottawa. Quarterback Henry Burris believes Jackson has a lot to offer and even went as far as calling the receiver during the off-season and encouraging him to consider Ottawa as a destination. Burris sees no reason why Jackson cant excel and strongly believes the two can be a force for the Redblacks. "Ive already told him Im leaning on him this year," said Burris. "When you look at experience hes our leader on our receiving core. The guys a playmaker and I cant wait to get going with him because Ive seen his potential and the things that hes done in the past, killing us when I played for different teams going against BC. He just needed a chance to play and now hes getting that opportunity." Burris says hes spoken at great length with Jackson and sees a renewed passion. "Hes coming in full steam ahead," said Burris. "He plays with a level of passion you only see the greats play with. Hes chomping at the bit right now." Jackson appreciates having Burris in his corner. "When you have your quarterback on board and he knows where youre supposed to be and you know that the balls going to come it just makes things that much more exciting," Jackson said. While Jackson was determined to keep playing he says his two young children, a five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, played a big factor in his decision to sign with Ottawa. "Theyve had opportunities to see me play, but I really want them to relish and understand how much I put forward in my career to try and solidify my family for the rest of their life," he said. "I also want them to have memories of me playing for the rest of their life and not just being on special teams." Clay Matthews Packers Jersey . James Erskine said Tuesday that Thorpe was "quite sick" in a Sydney hospital but dismissed media reports the swimmer might lose the use of his left arm. "Hes not in the intensive care," Erskine said. Green Bay Packers Jerseys . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.shoptheofficialpackers.com/Elite-Jace-Sternberger-Packers-Jersey/ . The Braves optioned outfielder Jose Constanza to Triple-A Gwinnett. 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Talk is cheap when your franchise record is 62-120-74.The official line on Defoe? Hes coming back but well listen to offers.On Thursday, Bezbatchenko and Vanney laid out their plans for the future along with Jim Liston, the MLS clubs director of sports science and Michael Rabasca, director of cognitive development.It was an impressive show.Toronto measures everything from shoe size to heart rate as players progress through the ranks. The club has 23 principles on the field — 13 attacking and 10 defensive — that will be taught from the under-10 side team to the first team. Players are tracked on eight traits: motor general, motor specific, emotion, cognitive, life, psyche, social and personality. Practices are planned to test players ability to solve problems and react to situations on the field. Apparently even grit can be measured.Players are given daily schedules and tasks tailored to their needs, logging in by computer.A new USL feeder club is in the works to help bridge the gap between the first team and the senior academy side.Everything is up for consideration. It was noted that famed Dutch club Ajax has its youngsters learn martial arts as part of their physical education. Toronto has introduced gymnastics to its under-12, -13 and -14 players to help with their balance and co-ordination.Brain power can be improved too. Rabasca, whose career has involved both coaching soccer and occupational therapy for traumatic brain injuries among other issues, believes that TFC is on the cutting edge when it comes to the cognitive development side.For Vanney, whose brain is clearly firing on all cylinders, its all about helping players process whats going around them on the field.The former defender, who played both in MLS and France, believes that North American players have the physical tools to play at the highest level anywhere You add in the cognitive, the ability to read the game, the ability to do that in a timely manner at the proper speed, to have the solution, to have all of that sorted out prior to receiving the ball, thats where I think we fail. Thats where I think we are short. The presentation over, it wass all about Defoe in the question-and-answer session.dddddddddddd.The player has never indicated that he doesnt want to be here, said Bezbatchenko. Hes a professional soccer player and hes committed to being (on) whatever team hes on.I think theres a community around him that maybe has indicated in various ways that they could be here or elsewhere, but from him no.Is it any wonder that Defoes future with the club has continued to be an issue?Bezbatchenko says the 32-year-old Defoe is recovering from groin surgery, is back running on the field and is in regular contact with club staff.But the GM also says that the team has contingency plans, in case Defoe or anyone else leaves.We have names, we are actively vetting those names, watching films on those names, speaking to clubs about names on that list.If someone comes and there is an offer, well consider it, he added.Defoes future has been the source of speculation since Toronto turned down a club-record transfer bid at the end of the summer transfer window. The next transfer window opens in January.Vanney, once again the voice of reason, saw two different Defoes last season.At the beginning, there was a striker who was sharp, healthy and scoring goals.He was that guy around the building and also on the field, said Vanney.Then Defoe was left off Englands World Cup squad and was plagued by a nagging injury — hes not necessarily in the same place that he was at the beginning.Defoe then left for treatment in England.The question is which Defoe comes back. Vanney says the first indication from the player is positive, that he wants to get healthy so he can perform.We like that guy, said Vanney. That guy can make a difference in this league. And the guys like him in the locker-room.Bottom line? A fit, healthy and motivated Defoe is a huge asset — for someone.Well see where it all falls out in the end, said Vanney. I feel very confident that if he shows up, we have a plan for him. If he doesnt show up, well have another plan that were very comfortable with.So we will stay on our toes on that. The football world moves very fast on any given moment so well be prepared.To Vanneys and Bezbatchenkos credit, they are thinking long-term, well beyond Defoe.As Vanney noted, when he walks through the door the final time he wants to leave a legacy for the franchise and Canadian soccer — something that was largely lacking in the past.If people leave and you have to start back from scratch, its very hard to get anywhere, he said.As Toronto FC fans know well.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter ' ' '
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