Offensive machine needs a little oil

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders' revamped offence will take the longest to gel in training camp as it demands the most timing and communication.

Stampeders offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto, in his 21st CFL season, is quick to point out camp can be a frustrating time for everyone eager to see the unit click.

"It's two good plays and then three or four where either we don't get the snap up, or somebody runs the wrong assignment or somebody executes it improperly," Buratto said after yesterday's morning session at McMahon Stadium.

"Then we stagger a bit but it's starting to come together."

Buratto's point was driven home when rookie offensive lineman Kyler Jukes, subbing for 13-year veteran centre Jamie Crysdale, snapped the ball over the head of backup quarterback Michael Souza.

The 2005 draft pick out of Regina spent extra time after practice working with Buratto to iron out the kinks.

POINTS AFTER: Catches of the day were hauled in by Jeremaine Copeland and Sulecio Sanford, both of whom made leaping grabs in the afternoon session ... Free-agent non-import defensive lineman Randy Chevrier, a former draft pick of the Edmonton Eskimos (2001) who's spent time in a couple of NFL clubs, will perform long-snap duties this season. He was flawless yesterday working with all three kickers ... Former Stampeders linebacker Alondra Johnson (1991-03) made a brief appearance on the practice field in the afternoon, chatting with head coach Tom Higgins while watching the linebackers. Johnson is now an assistant with the junior Calgary Colts with an eye on one day returning as a coach to the CFL ... Canadian right guard Taylor Robertson, who hasn't practised after failing his physical Saturday, had an MRI on his ankle yesterday and is expected back on the practice field today. Other minor injuries are to: LB Jude Waddy (calf), DL Demetrious Maxie (thigh), R Brett Ralph (hamstring), OL Godfrey Ellis (knee), DL Tim MacDonald (knee) ... Times today are 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. at McMahon Stadium practice field ... The Ottawa Renegades have scheduled a news conference today to introduce a new ownership structure that includes Bernie Glieberman and current owner Bill Smith.


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