Simon says he's back

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Two weeks ago, the aerial attack by the B.C. Lions was enough to make the Calgary Stampeders secondary take a good long look in the mirror.

For tonight's matchup at McMahon Stadium (8 p.m.), a lot of those faces are different.

Because of an injury, cornerback Jermaine Chatman will move into Joey Boese's spot at boundary halfback, while Nate Terry takes over at corner. As well, rookie safety Trey Young will make his second start.

To make matters worse, Lions receiver Geroy Simon is back in top form after missing most of the victory in Vancouver with hamstring problems.

The Lions' leading receiver doesn't care who he sees on the other side of the line. With the way quarterback Dave Dickenson is throwing the ball, Simon is confident the Stamps won't be able to stop him.

"I don't worry about who they have on defence," Simon said. "Whoever they put on me, I'll beat them.

"If they want to be effective, they will have to double-team me. I feel we got a good group of receivers. Pick your poison.

"If they want to single a guy on me, I'll burn them. I'm not trying to be cocky. I just have the confidence that I can beat whoever is covering me. No disrespect to them, that's just the way I feel."

Chatman heard enough trash talk from Simon across the line two weeks ago. Although the rookie knew he was being picked on, he managed to hold Simon to two catches for 21 yards before he left.

So Dickenson went to his other weapons, mainly Ryan Thelwell, Jason Clermont and Antonio Warren.

Simon expects to get the ball tonight but Chatman is ready.

"I covered him last time. We went at it quite a bit, so I'm looking forward to it," Chatman said. "He's one of the top receivers in the CFL. I like the challenge.

"He's a veteran receiver so they all have tricks."

The Stamps defence isn't too worried about the deep game. What killed them in Vancouver was Dickenson's creativity in taking longer to throw the ball and dumping it off for short passes.

Linebacker Brian Clark wasn't happy with how the deep routes opened up after so many small gains, which resulted in the Lions keeping the ball for 42 minutes.

"Dave just kept nickel-and-diming us the whole game and we couldn't get off the field," said Clark. "By the end of the game, they were able to beat us deep. It was the same on the run, where we would have guys in the wrong places. We regrouped last week against Winnipeg, had the guys in the right spots, so hopefully it carries over to this week."

What will help the pass coverage is if the lineman can create pressure, something end Demetrious Maxie said is crucial to making a defensive stop.

"We have to stop those short passes and get to him faster," said Maxie. "He was releasing the ball really quick. That's what was keeping them on the field."


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