Stamps retain back's services

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have extended the contract of running back Joffrey Reynolds, acquired as a free agent late last season.

Reynolds played just five CFL games in 2004 but improved with almost every game, including an impressive 189-yard performance against the Toronto Argos.

Stampeders new offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto said Reynolds' power inside should make the sturdy Houston product a key ingredient in the team's running attack for years to come.

"I've been watching all of the film of him and he got better and better with each game," said Buratto, who ran B.C.'s offence last season.

"He's a strong inside runner, very productive. He was able to get a lot of yards on his own in a hit-and-miss running attack.

"I was impressed with how much he improved from his first game to his last game."

The 5-ft. 10-in., 218-lb., Reynolds originally signed with the Stampeders in September after being released by the New York Giants following NFL stints in Cleveland and St. Louis.

"I'm thrilled to re-sign with Calgary," the 25-year-old said in a statement. "Since the day I joined the Stampeders I felt extremely comfortable with the organization and the community.

"I'm looking forward to the upcoming season and contributing both on and off the field."


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