Utility player returns

DAN TOTH and IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Import defensive back Jermaine Chatman says he still has plenty to prove, although his versatility can't be challenged.

The first-year Stampeder has played four of the five positions in the team's secondary this season, including a return to field halfback tonight after missing five starts -- not to mention plenty of meals -- with a broken jaw.

"It definitely feels like a whole new season's about to start," said Chatman, 25.

"They've got me playing a whole new position so it keeps getting exciting for me. There's no time to get bored over an 18-game season. It's a new challenge because I've played all those positions and I know where my guys are going to be and that helps out in our coverage a lot.

"You've got to prove yourself every week. Rahim (Abdullah) was saying it's not a 'what have you done for me lately' league. It's a 'what have you done for me now' league. It's not about the plays I made before, I still need to go out and make plays."

CHASIN' JASON: For two straight weeks, the Stampeders special teams have made return teams look completely average. Add that to an improved return game and Calgary owned the field-position battle a week ago in a victory over Hamilton.

The challenge tonight at McMahon Stadium will be shutting down dynamic returner Jason Armstead but Stamps special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson isn't worried.

"You can directly trace the improvement of our cover team to punter Burke Dales improving as well," Dickenson said. "We've had a good cover team all year. The difference between good and real good is the punter. He's done a nice job and we're going to continue to challenge him."


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