J-rob return bolsters Lions backfield

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The return of Jamal Robertson this week could be exactly what the B.C. Lions running game needs.

During a turnover-filled game against the Tiger-Cats , the youthfulness and clumsiness of the Lions backfield was exposed. That pressure will be somewhat relieved when the veteran running back steps into the line-up. He proclaims he's ready to go against Calgary this Saturday after suffering cracked ribs two weeks ago.

"Ain't nothing a couple Tylenol's can't take care of," said Robertson, who added watching the game from a different perspective had been a plus. "It really just sharpened my tools, as they say. I'm excited about that."

The biggest benefit of having Robertson, who has 542 yards rushing and six touchdowns, back is the leadership he provides for Jerome Messam and Yonus Davis. The rookie pair were thrown into the role two weeks ago with the veteran sidelined. While they combined for three touchdowns over two games, mistakes were made due to confusion.

"We've been making (those mistakes) because we're rushing out there on the field," said Messam, who fumbled once last Saturday against Hamilton. "Having him out there just gives us somebody to look to for the guidance, and see what he does. It helps our confidence."

Quarterback Casey Printers agrees.

"J-Rob is a huge part of what we're trying to do here," Printers said. "He's very alert and in tune with what we're doing and he provides a veteran leadership that we do need in the backfield."


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