Thurmon doesn't need GPS

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

Elijah Thurmon has studied routes since arriving in Calgary this week.

The new Calgary Stampeders receiver has figured out how to navigate the city's quadrant system and avoid getting completely lost on the roads.

The rest of the time has been spent pouring over the CFL club's offensive playbook, trying to figure out where he fits in the grand scheme of things.

"We'll see. We'll find out in training camp exactly what I'll be doing," said the 27-year-old. "I've been trying to get this offence down. I've been spending all my time with the playbook. It's a different offence.

"I have a grasp of it now and it's a matter of fine-tuning things a little bit."

Thurmon led the Saskatchewan Roughriders in receiving last season and was the only one to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark on that team.

With the 'Riders No.-1 receiver Matt Dominguez injured for most of the year, Thurmon flourished, snagging 88 passes for 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns.

The next-best Saskatchewan receiver was 385 yards behind Thurmon. He garnered an all-star nod for his efforts but didn't like what the 'Riders were offering this off-season and left as a free agent.

He joins a crowded Stamps receiving corps that features Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis, Ken-Yon Rambo and ex-NFLer Scotty Anderson.

So, with quarterback Henry Burris throwing bombs, should we pencil this club in for four 1,000-yard receivers?

"That's for someone else to predict ... But I love the thoughts of that," he said.

Just where Thurmon lines up will be intriguing. He started outside with the 'Riders in 2004 but injuries dictated he move around a bit.

When training camp opens today, Thurmon will try to use his height (6 ft. 3 in.) and speed to become the go-to receiver.

If there was anything missing from the Stamps offence last season, it was a consistent deep threat from the outside.

He could provide the remedy because he and Burris played together in Regina.

So Thurmon has a chance to be a game-breaker but first has to find his place in the system.

"If anything, I just have to sit down and take my time to figure out what they're trying to do with me," said Thurmon.

"I like putting the ball in the endzone. I like it when the scoreboard lights up. Whatever route it is that gets me there, that's what I like."

The July 8 return to Regina is marked on Thurmon's calendar, the first of three games between Calgary and the 'Riders.

"I still have a lot of friends over there in terms of players, so those games are going to be really tough," Thurmon said. "Every game is going to be a war."


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