Boerigter catches short straw in revolving door
UPDATED: 2007-08-08 02:05:06 MST
By IAN BUSBY
The Calgary Stampeders have spun their receiving corps rotation again, and this time it appears No. 89 has come up the odd man out.
Marc Boerigter will likely sit out tomorrow's game in Montreal (5:30 p.m., TSN), as Ken-Yon Rambo draws back into the lineup in the receiving rotation started three games ago by the Stampeders.
Instead of moving players in and out during the course of a game, the Stamps are just moving them in and out of the lineup for each start.
The first to sit was slotback Nik Lewis in a home game against the Toronto Argonauts. Then Ryan Thelwell dressed but didn't see much action on offence against the B.C. Lions.
Rambo drew the short straw last week when the Stamps beat the Edmonton Eskimos, and now it appears to be Boerigter's turn.
The free-agent signing this off-season has -- by his own admission -- been a disappointment this season, only catching 16 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown in six games. He did have a major called back last week due to a push-off penalty.
When the Stamps returned to practice Monday to prepare for the Alouettes, Boerigter sat out with a knee injury while Rambo drew in for most offensive sets.
Quarterback Henry Burris, who had a strong outing in Edmonton, said the offence has benefited from stopping the rotation during games.
"The guys who are playing in every game, we work at knowing the places they're in," Burris said. "We know the type of player that's out there and the plays they can make.
"It makes it so much easier. Guys are just having fun now because they don't have to change position. We can just go out and make plays."
For someone who usually has an insider's perspective, Rambo got a look at the Stampeders from the outside. Rambo watched the team play without him this weekend for just the third time since joining the club in 2005. Although he liked seeing his teammates get a game-winning field goal to beat the Eskimos, Rambo wasn't pleased sitting in Calgary and tuning in to the game on CBC.
"You can see the game real good," said Rambo. "I could really see what was going on from a different perspective. I just wanted to see what the offence did. It wasn't fun, I can tell you that much."
Rambo was sat last week in order to nurse various ailments, but he was flying around in practice the past two days and catching a lot of passes.
Being sat out did wonders for Lewis, who responded with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, while Thelwell was also more active last week with more time on the field, so Rambo hopes the same happens for him.
"I'm ready," he said. "I hate sitting out when there's no reason to sit out. I'm anxious to get on the Alouettes."
In the team's last visit to Montreal, Rambo was a large part of the Stamps' offence during an incredible win in which every play seemed to induce creativeness.
He caught four passes for 95 yards with two touchdowns but also ran a reverse that caught the Als off-guard.
"Last year was a nice little game plan," said Rambo, acknowledging the offence is different. "I enjoyed it a lot, especially that we came out with a victory. I love playing in Montreal.
"I like the atmosphere.
"I love to get my hands up in the air. The whole city has a great atmosphere."