Improving technique a snap

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Two men stuck around at the end of yesterday's practice to sweat through a little overtime.

Centre Godfrey Ellis and o-line coach Steve Buratto remained to take care of a sticky bit of business.

It became apparent in two pre-season games that Ellis, a sophomore who started just a handful of games last season at centre, has developed an unsightly glitch in his technique.

In both exhibition contests, Ellis botched about a half-dozen snaps, rankling his boss while stirring up at least some minor concern about the position with the season-opener just five days away.

"We made a (film) of what it was that was causing a problem, he sees the problem and it's pretty apparent," Buratto said."He was just flipping his hands, moving it with his hands before he moves his arms. He played 43 plays and had 38 really good snaps, three bad ones and two or three iffy ones."

How much extra work will it take to iron out the kinks?

"Every day until what happened in the games disappears," Buratto insisted.

INJURY UPDATES: LB George White (Achilles), DB Jermaine Chatman (knee) and LB Walter Spender (ankle) participated in practice yesterday. White is on the disabled list and is at least a couple of weeks away from returning to the lineup. Chatman could play in the season-opener Saturday against Edmonton while Spencer is on the one-game injured list.

PRACTICE PLAYERS: The seven-man practice roster is comprised of OL Derek Armstrong, RB Wes Cates, OL Riley Clayton, DL Tony Ficklin, SB Beau Gibbs, DB RoShawn Marshall and DB Cedrick Williams.

All are first-year players save for Ficklin, who arrived in camp late last season.

CHANGE UP: Seven Stampeders have opted to change their numbers from when camp opened three weeks ago: LB Hakim Akbar (6), WR Scotty Anderson (2), WR Anthony Bright (89), DB Jermaine Chatman (41), DB Crance Clemons, (26), QB David Corley (4), SB Beau Gibbs (81).

The 46-man roster features 13 players new to the Stampeders organization.


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