New faces appear

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:21 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders' fall training camp officially opened yesterday. With the 2-10 club languishing at the bottom of the standings, a number of new faces are expected to be brought into McMahon Stadium over the coming weeks.

Two newcomers -- running back Joffrey Reynolds and long snapper Bill Chamberlain -- went through the paces yesterday as they look to crack the roster.

Chamberlain will likely be inserted Friday when the Ottawa Renegades are in town. Both of the club's long snappers, Marc Mitchell and Joe Bonaventura, were hurt in Edmonton and are likely out at least a week each.

Chamberlain, 27, played 18 games with the B.C. Lions last season, when he didn't have one snap go awry.

"I've been snapping forever and that felt fine," he said of yesterday's workout. "The big thing is getting my legs going again. I've been lifting (weights) since I was released by B.C. but I probably haven't been keeping up the running as much as I should have. I'm feeling it."

Reynolds, 24, was in camp with the NFL's New York Giants before being released last week. He also returned kicks with the St. Louis Rams in 2003.

"Denny Creehan and I saw him down in Tampa during the NFL Europe training camps this past off-season," Dunigan said of the 5-ft. 10-in., 221-pounder.

"He's a good-looking specimen but this is a different game. He's got a ways to go. We'll continue to monitor his progress and hopefully, he'll make us better."

The Houston University product said he was looking to continue playing after being released by the Giants.

"I didn't get a lot of reps in the (NFL) pre-season which is one of the reasons I wanted to come here and continue to work on my skills," Reynolds said.


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