Promising start from returner

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Terrence Wilkins feels a little sore but can't wait to get back onto the field.

Signed just last week after an impressive career in the NFL with Indianapolis, Miami and St. Louis, Wilkins was pleased with his debut in Red and White but anxious to prove he has more to offer.

The 30-year-old Wilkins returned nine punts for 98 yards and looked dangerous despite failing to blast a hole in the Eskimos coverage. His longest effort was 17 yards.

"After we get the chemistry together on returns and start working together better, we'll get something going," said Wilkins, who was out of football last season after being cut by the Dolphins in 2004.

"We need to keep going over it and visualizing things in practice.

"I need to let guys in front of me do their jobs, know where everybody's blocks will be and we'll get some long ones.

"I've always felt when I'm out there I can make plays. When I get the ball in my hands, I've always felt that."

Special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson said Wilkins will get plenty of opportunities to make things happen on returns, an element that has been missing through the first half of the season.

"He gives us an added dimension and obviously he has the ability to make people miss," Dickenson said.

"He has done enough returns throughout his career that he understands how to set things up so we're certainly pleased.

"It's a matter of him getting some timing with the guys blocking for him, taking more reps and getting a feel for the Canadian game."

REYNOLDS STILL RATTLED: Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds was still shaking his head yesterday, marvelling at the shear force of a hit from Eskimos safety Kelly Wiltshire.

Wiltshire's wallop caused the running back to drop a pass from Henry Burris late in the fourth quarter of the Labour Day Classic.

"Man, I've never gotten hit like that before," Reynolds said. "As a running back, I usually see people when they're going to hit me and I can avoid big hits like that one.

"I just didn't see it coming. As I turned the ball was kind of a floater and it gave him time to break on the ball and he made a good hit.

"It was more the wind knocked out of me and I was kind of dizzy with everything going around me in circles."

Although Reynolds left the game briefly, he said he didn't suffer neck stingers similar to the ones that forced him from two games earlier this season.

EXTRA POINTS: The Stampeders secondary could be bolstered for Friday's rematch in Edmonton. Head coach Tom Higgins is hoping import HBs Joey Boese and Anthony Malbrough, both out with hamstring injuries, will return to the practice field today ... LB George White recorded 11 defensive tackles against the Eskimos, bringing his career total to 430.


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