B.C. Lions’ GM plans to continue with youth movement

Ed Hervey: “We’re trying to get younger and more athletic than we were last year.”

Ed Hervey is aiming to shave a few more years off his B.C. Lions.

The Lions’ general manager spoke to KTW on a drizzly morning at Hillside Stadium on Thursday — Day 2 of the CFL club’s rookie camp in Kamloops.

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“We’re trying to get younger as we move some veterans out of here,” Hervey said.

“That’s been a common goal since I’ve become a GM.”

Hervey was the Edmonton Eskimos’ GM from 2013 to 2016 and moved into the role with the Lions in time for the 2018 campaign, taking the job from Wally Buono, who stayed on as head coach until his retirement after last season.

“Do I feel like it’s more of what I want?” said Hervey, who hired head coach DeVone Claybrooks in December.

“Of course. We’ve shifted in that direction and will continue to do that until we have a championship.”

Rookie camp wraps up on Friday, with practise slated to run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Main camp gets underway at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with a non-contact practise.

“Ultimately, the buck stops with me when it comes to players and personnel, but it’s a collective effort and we’re making the changes we need to make,” Hervey said.

“We’re trying to get younger and more athletic than we were last year.”

Boyko signs

The Lions on Wednesday announced the signing of 6-foot-6, 301-pound offensive lineman Brett Boyko, a 26-year-old Saskatoon product who has spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers, mostly on practice squads.

B.C. nabbed the University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate 14th overall in the 2015 CFL Draft.

“When you have quality offensive linemen, that’s huge,” Hervey said, noting Boyko is versatile and able to play guard and tackle on both sides of the line. “When you have quality Canadian offensive linemen, that’s even greater.”

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