For most Calgary Stampeders fans, Montell Cozart remains something of an unknown.
As the Stamps’ third-string quarterback, he hasn’t seen the field this year and because he signed with the team in mid-August, nobody even got a look at what he could do in pre-season.
This was never going to be the year that Cozart made an impact, though. That’s not why he was signed, and the fact that he hasn’t seen the field doesn’t mean the Stampeders coaches aren’t pleased with the work he’s putting in.
“I think he’s progressed nicely,” said Stampeders quarterbacks coach Ryan Dinwiddie. “We haven’t seen him in live action, mostly practice squad stuff, but you saw today, we got him some more reps, he threw a nice touchdown and a nice deep ball to Eric (Rogers) as well. He’s building towards next year and we’ll see what we got out of him.”
By clinching first place in the West Division and earning a bye-week in the first round of the playoffs, the Stamps earned themselves a couple days of practice where they could give backups an extended look.
Cozart was one of those guys, and he’s been impressive.
With questions looming about what the Stampeders quarterback situation will look like next year and the rumours about Bo Levi Mitchell looking to test out the NFL waters not going anywhere, there’s a chance Cozart could get a lot more looks next year.
That means that even if he’s not taking snaps this season, the past couple months could prove invaluable in 2019.
“It’s definitely a head start,” Cozart said. “I’ve basically been learning the whole time since I’ve been here, these last couple months, so it was fun (on Saturday) to get back out here and spin around and get some rhythm with the guys.”
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