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Stamps receiver Jeremaine Copeland hauls in a pass during practice yesterday. The Stamps are...

Stamps receiver Jeremaine Copeland hauls in a pass during practice yesterday. The Stamps are working hard this week to improve their offence, which has recorded only one touchdown in the team's first two games. (Calgary Sun/Stuart Dryden)

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Scrolling through game film of two so-so performances, Steve Buratto can easily pick out the mistakes his offence made.

Rarely, though, is there a trend forming as Buratto -- the team's offensive co-ordinator -- sorts through the miscues that have caused his Calgary Stampeders to score only one touchdown in two games.

The mistakes are mostly being made in the passing attack but it's hardly just starting quarterback Henry Burris who is at fault.

"It's something different and a different guy each time," said Burrato. "We haven't started very quickly and Henry has overthrown guys early.

"Mostly it happens in situation when we're in a position to throw touchdowns. We were down there a bunch and then there's a mistake that keeps us from scoring. Then Sandro (DeAngelis) has to kick field goals. But it's never been the same person doing the same thing."

In Thursday's win at Winnipeg, Burris moved the offence well but then the team stumbled when it counted near the goal-line. One receiver slipped on a rout, another dropped a pass for an easy first down and once Burris threw a few feet behind the same receiver.

All of those little lapses came when the Stamps were in scoring range, further compounding Buratto's frustration.

So the coach is using this week's practices to drill the red-zone offence into his troops, especially the quarterbacks and receivers.

"When we get down to score, it seems like we get stage fright," Buratto said. "We're working on a core of plays we want to execute. We're running them a bunch of times this week and we're doing it at that end of the field. That'll heighten our chances of being successful down there."

Receiver Jeremaine Copeland, who like Burris joined the Stamps this off-season with much fanfare, fully agrees with his coach that errors must cease.

"I figure inside the 40-yard line, we should be dangerous from there," said Copeland. "You can always score big or short, 40 to 10 or five. We want the kicker coming out for the extra point not the field goal.

"(As receivers), we're taking the burden on our backs to get us in a position to push it in."

Because of all the new faces on offence, Burris expected to need some time finding cohesion with his targets. Two pre-season games are certainly not enough and it's been said more than once the first few games of the regular season are an extension of the exhibition campaign.

With two crisp practices Monday and yesterday, Burris finally feels sharp enough to declare himself in regular-season form.

On the weekend, with two days off after the games against the Bombers, Burris got together with most of the offence in an effort to further build those relationships.

"We've been working hard even through the days off. That's why we got together for a barbecue," Burris said. "This is probably our best two practices this season. I'm getting to know where the receivers want the ball and they know what type of pass to expect.

"So we feel like the mistakes will cease. Going into Winnipeg, we really felt we could put some points on the board. For us, that was really a wakeup call."


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