For the better part of two months, the Calgary Stampeders faced questions about how they were going to manage with a shorthanded receiving corps.
Now, it’s looking increasingly like at least one talented American receiver is going to be left out of the lineup for the West Final.
“I’m … just going to be straight up, I’ve got potentially five American receivers I think are good to go and more than likely will play three,” said Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson. “Play four if we decide to make a ratio change, but there will be at least one, maybe two disappointed guys.”
Eric Rogers was left out of the lineup against the B.C. Lions, although he wasn’t hurt, and that allowed the Stamps to go with a receiving group that included Chris Matthews, Markeith Ambles and Bakari Grant.
All three have played well, while both DaVaris Daniels and Rogers entered the season as starters in the receiving group.
At the start of the year, though, the Stamps were playing with four Americans and three Canadian offensive linemen.
That changed when Rogers was added to the six-game injured list and the Stamps slotted in American Randy Richards at the right tackle position in place of Spencer Wilson.
With Canadian receivers Juwan Brescacin and Lemar Durant both playing pretty well recently, it’s understandable if the Stamps opt to keep the ratio the way it is and keep Richards at right-tackle, with three American receivers.
That’s going to make for a tough decision for the coaches, though.
“We’re trying to compete and work hard,” Dickenson said. “See who our opponent is first and see what the best matchup will be for our team.”
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