News Five Players to Watch at Stamps' Rookie Camp

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  1. Seeker1

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    OL KARL LAVOIE
    1) Lavoie, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman, was the Stamps’ first pick and ninth overall in the 2015 draft. The club will be eager to see how Lavoie — out of Laval University and a teammate there of Calgary centre Pierre Lavertu — shifts his all-star talents from the CIS field onto the CFL one. “Karl is very athletic offensive lineman, very versatile,” said Stamps head coach/GM John Hufnagel after he drafting him earlier this month. “He’s played all the positions on the offensive line throughout his career. We’re looking at him as a guard-tackle candidate.”

    2) WR LEMAR DURANT
    The Simon Fraser product was expected to be picked higher — he was projected as the top receiver available in fact — so when the Stamps came to their second choice in the 2015 draft and saw Durant was still available, they snapped the Coquitlam native up at 18th. He impressed with both his speed and vertical jump at the prospects’ combine. “A very gifted athlete, good size, good speed,” said Hufnagel.

    3) QB DOMINIQUE DAVIS Out of East Caroline, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Davis has had NFL looks from Atlanta, where he spent two seasons, Tennessee and Indianapolis. He saw action with the Falcons in 2013. At 25 years old, he should add a little spice to the QB mix. After getting cut by the Falcons last June, he was disappointed but told ESPN he would work hard for another opportunity somewhere: “I’m a leader by example.”

    4) WR DAN BUCKNER
    Buckner was acquired from Ottawa in the trade for Maurice Price, coming to Calgary along with linebacker Jasper Simmons. He brings NFL experience with him, having been on the practice rosters of both Arizona and Tampa Bay, and at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, fits the Stamps’ receiver mould. “When you come into a program that’s just won it all, you know they’re trying to reload to go on another big run,” said Buckner, who grew up with current Stamps receiver Jeff Fuller in Texas.

    4) DL ADRIAN HAMILTON
    Hamilton is 27 years old but a newbie to this league. Standing at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 and saw action in two NFL games with the Baltimore Ravens. Had a cup of coffee with the San Diego Chargers, but was a late cut in training camp last year. Hamilton led the nation with 22 sacks out of Prairie View A&M in 2011 and was named the Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Player of the Year.

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    1) KR Derrick Joseph

    One of the most interesting American off-season additions for a couple of reasons. First off, you need to go back to the Grey Cup game and remember Hamilton Tiger-Cats pint-sized return-man Brandon Banks almost breaking the hearts of Stamps fans everywhere. Listed at 5-foot-7 and 153 lb., Banks has shiftiness, as well as dangerous straight-line speed. Thanks to the CFL rule changes on punt returns, Banks could be even deadlier in 2015. So what does that have to do with Joseph? Well, he's listed at 5-foot-8 and 145 lb., was one of the most prolific in FCS football at Towson over his college career, and has posted sub-4.4 40-yard dash times. It's a Banks-type package, without a doubt.

    2) WR Dan Buckner

    Two years ago, it was Jeff Fuller. Last year, it was Eric Rogers. Could Buckner be the next big, physical wideout in line to make a mark this season? Just like Fuller and Rogers, Buckner has an NFL pedigree, as he spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, drawing praise from both head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer. Acquired from the Ottawa RedBlacks in the Maurice Price trade, at 6-foot-4, 215 lb.,

    3) B Max Caron

    A forgotten man from the Stampeders' 2014 draft class, the second-round linebacker was expected to contribute on special-teams last season, but Caron tore his Achilles tendon in the first pre-season game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, ending his season before it even began. The Stamps' homegrown Canadian depth has been hit hard over the past couple of years, and a healthy return from the 6-foot-2, 236-pounder would be a big boost. He's fully healthy now.

    4) OL Paul Swiston

    Everyone loves a reclamation project and if there's one place Swiston can get his career back on track it's probably in Calgary, where developing linemen has become commonplace over the past three years. Offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco is familiar with the University of Calgary product from their days together with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who drafted Swiston in the fourth round of the 2011 CFL Draft

    5) RB Keith Toston

    Toston is vying for the right to be the Jon Cornish contingency plan, just as Martell Mallett was last season. Mallett's history of injuries caught up with him once again when called upon in 2014, forcing the Stamps to look elsewhere to find depth behind No. 9, Canadian backup Matt Walter and change-of-pace back Jock Sanders. The 28-year-old spent all of '14 in the Saskatchewan Roughriders' muddled backfield.

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    Sounds like the bad luck continues for Max Caron.

    He was carted off the field at practice this morning.

    More details will be released after practice.
     
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    Wow, what terrible luck.

    "Apparently it's an Achilles tendon on the other leg" Huff with the early grim assessment on Max Caron.
     

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