Wes Cates gets more pub, more yards and more face time but Canadian o-lineman Rob Lazeo quietly has turned the Saskatchewan-Calgary pre-season trade into a near saw-off.
A week after joining the 'Riders, Cates became the feature back and a fan favourite. He has 563 rushing yards and has been his usual multi-talented self. But Lazeo was forced into action at left guard earlier this season when Jay McNeil went down with a calf injury and now he's starting at centre while John Comiskey deals with a shoulder injury. That assignment could turn into an extended role.
Stamps left tackle Jeff Pilon is a big Cates fan, but he would like everyone to know what Lazeo has brought to the team:
“He’s awesome. He’s been around for 11 years. His intensity, his love for the game, what he brings to our offensive line. He can play every single position and he’s a damn good player. He gets off the ball, he doesn’t take crap from anybody and he brings the nastiness that you want on your offensive line.
“I can’t say enough about him. He’s been awesome for our team, our locker-room and the offensive line. Wes is tearing it up but where would we be without Laz right now? He came in and we didn’t lose a step.?
Asked if he was looking forward to facing his old club, Lazeo laughed and said, "I just can't wait to play against Uncle Fester (his nickname for Scott Schultz)."