While discussions seems to hit a major wall between the Raptors organization and quarterback Mike Reilly, they may have come to a close with the trade acquisition of Vernon Adams.
The Raptors traded a third round pick to the Omaha Express for Adams, who despite his clear athletic ability did not see much time at all in Omaha even though they struggled with consistency at quarterback. Adams was one of the highly-regarded young quarterbacks in the league, however. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound dual-threat QB graduated from Oregon after a tremendous three-year career at Eastern Washington. Adams was great in is one FBS season, completing 64.9-percent of his passes for 2,643 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns, but was much more active with his legs at Eastern Washington.
“Vernon is a great athlete and when you can get an explosive player on your offense you’ll always be better for it,” Head Coach Ken Norton, Jr. said. “He’s young and on the rise and certainly when you put a guy like him on your team and in a position they can grow into a bigger role, that is when you get the best out of people and we think Vernon can start really hitting his stride as a pro football player here.”
There was no comment on the Reilly situation and if the trade means the door is closed on a Reilly return.
The Raptors also announced a trade for Mississippi defensive tackle Jake Thomas, sending a fifth round pick for him. With Johnathan Hankins demanding more money than the Raptors are willing to pay, the team has moved on with the addition of Thomas the 6-foot-2, 266-pound Canadian had 55 tackles with three sacks, seven hurries, five tackles for a loss and one forced fumble for the Cottonmouths last season.
“Jake is a quick defensive tackle who does a lot of things well,” Norton said. “We lose Gabe Wright and Johnathan Hankins, getting quality depth at defensive tackle was a big must and Thomas certainly has shown he can be a good player.”