Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for August 27, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for August 27, 2015

    #StampsGettinGrilled - Charleston Hughes

    Keon Raymond has defensive teammate Charleston Hughes in the hot seat for this edition of #StampsGettinGrilled

    Calgary Stampeders practice
    The Calgary Stampeders practice in advance of Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


    One intercepts opposing quarterbacks while the other strums his guitar, but both have mastered the picks in their respective professions.
    Stampeders fans may recall that defensive back Keon Raymond suited up for Middle Tennessee State back in 2004, but even the most loyal Red and White supporters may not know he once shared the field with a current country music superstar.
    Sam Hunt, best known for his chart-topping singles such as ‘Leave the Night On,’ ‘Take Your Time’ and ‘House Party,’ was a Blue Raider some 11 years ago alongside one of Calgary’s most feared pick-six threats of all time.

    July 26, 2013, will always be a special day in the mind of Bo Levi Mitchell.
    After signing with the Stamps as a free agent in April of 2012, Mitchell was used sparingly throughout his rookie campaign, regularly listed as the third-string quarterback on the team’s depth chart. The Katy, Tex., native finally got his first start in Week 5 of his sophomore season due to Kevin Glenn and Drew Tate injuries, and effectively put the entire league on notice with an outstanding evening.
    Not only did Mitchell lead Calgary to victory in Winnipeg over the Blue Bombers, the former Eastern Washington transfer completed 29 of 33 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns en route to receiving CFL offensive-player-of-the-week honours.

    Calgary Stampeders Notebook: Stamps put versatile lineman to good use
    John Estes is earning his keep.
    Originally brought in by the Calgary Stampeders as an insurance policy after rookie backup centre Karl Lavoie went down with a long-term injury, the import offensive lineman has been a handy guy to have around.
    Last Saturday, he started at left guard when Shane Bergman was forced to stay at home due to an illness.

    Receiver Greg Wilson getting comfortable within Calgary Stampeders offence
    The smile on Greg Wilson’s face says comfort.
    Comfortable with his new team, comfortable with his new league, and comfortable with his new home.
    Considering what the receiver with speed to burn did in his first training camp with the Calgary Stampeders without the same sort of comfort level, it makes one wonder exactly what the former Denver Broncos practice-squad pass-catcher can do when he feels at home within the offence, the playbook, as well as the city.

    Having TD called back can't wipe smile off Calgary Stampeders KR Tim Brown's face
    Tim Brown and Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons have a lot in common.
    The Calgary Stampeders kick-returner and the former Toronto Argonauts superstar are what you’d call, ahem, vertically challenged.
    Pinball has long been known for his constant, infectious ear-to-ear smile.
    But the beaming Brown could make Clemons look like Debbie Downer.

    Stamps notes: Swiston hoping for shot in the 'Peg
    After four injury-filled seasons in Winnipeg, Paul Swiston was handed his walking papers by the Blue Bombers and headed back to his hometown, where he’s had to fill in due to a nicked-up offensive line.
    When the Calgary Stampeders gather at Investors Group Field on Saturday, Swiston is hoping for the chance to contribute with his new team and perhaps show the old one he’s still around.
    “Yeah, it’s not the main objective,” the offensive guard said, “but it’s definitely on the list of things to do. It’s business as usual and get prepared like you do every week. Once you do that, it’s all about playing football and flying around out there.”

    Stamps' receiver Fuller hoping to regain his form
    This was supposed to be Jeff Fuller’s marquee season and indeed it began that way.
    In Game 1 against Hamilton, the imposing Calgary Stampeders’ receiver amassed 148 yards in the air, many catches of the eye-popping variety, and was named one of the CFL’s Top Performers for the week.
    The praise was monumental. Observers wondered if he was the best receiver in the CFL.

    The end zone is Eric Rogers' neighbourhood
    Mister Rogers’ neighbourhood is the end zone.
    Eric Rogers has scored a receiving touchdown in six straight games so his teammates have been used to reviewing tape and seeing No. 80 catching TDs.
    “Whenever we watch game film and everyone sees my touchdowns they say, “Mister Rogers back in his neighbourhood’ - they call the end zone my neighbourhood. That’s the one I hear the most. It’s just like the old television show,” Rogers says.

    Eric Rogers brings unique talents to Stampeders
    Watching Calgary Stampeders receiver Eric Rogers in full turf-chewing stride toward the end zone, you might guess his college track and field specialty was the 400 metres.
    But Rogers was actually a triple jumper as well as a football player at California Lutheran. His muscle recoil and comfort when airborne were evident in a spectacular touchdown catch late in the first half of Saturday’s 34-31 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
    With time expiring in the half and quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell airmailing from midfield, Rogers rose above a swarm of leaping green jerseys in the end zone to haul in a 46-yard touchdown catch for an 18-9 halftime lead.

    Calgary Stampeders find themselves back atop West
    Don’t look now but the defending Grey Cup champions are all alone atop the West Division standings.
    The Calgary Stampeders assumed sole possession of first with a 34-31 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week while the Edmonton Eskimos (5-3) were on the losing end of a 49-20 home decision to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
    Calgary (6-2) faces the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday night and heads into weekend action tied with Hamilton and Toronto for the best record in the CFL.

    CFL fines Roughriders’ Richards for clothesline
    Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive tackle Randy Richards will pay for his high tackle on Calgary Stampeders returner Tim Brown.
    The CFL announced Wednesday that Richards had been fined the maximum amount under the collective bargaining agreement for the dangerous tackle on Brown. Richards was disqualified for the clothes-line tackle and the Riders were assessed 25 yards for the penalty.

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