Defence looking for more pressure

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders registered a paltry two quarterback sacks against Ricky Ray in their home-opener.

Not a sensational night for the crew that led the CFL last season in crunched QBs but a winning performance, nonetheless.

The Stamps front seven feels it spent enough time in the Edmonton Eskimos backfield that defending the pass rush will be a hot topic in the Green and Gold's film room this week.

"I didn't think we rushed the passer particularly well," noted Stamps defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan, preparing for the rematch Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

"But I will say this. If you watch the film, Ricky Ray got hit 15 times. That's pressure too."

Ray completed 33 passes for 393 yards but was prevented from throwing the long strike for which his big-play receiving corps is famous.

"He could throw for 1,000 yards, it don't matter," suggested Stamps defensive end Demetrious Maxie.

"He only got 14 points, so we gave up the underneath stuff."

While the defensive numbers weren't sensational, noted Stamps nose tackle Sheldon Napastuk, the pressure was effective.

"You're not going to get five sacks a week playing against a good offensive line and good quarterback, but you take what you can get and just keep working," Napastuk said.

ALLEN OUT: Running back David Allen is out with strained knee ligaments suffered in a collision with teammate John Grace and won't play in Edmonton.

Rookie Wes Cates, who was used sparingly in pre-season, will start in his spot in the backfield and on kickoff returns.

"Coming into camp I didn't know what to expect but now I'm ready and I'm happy to get my chance," said Cates, 27, a product of California University at Pennsylvania.

"I don't know how many times they plan on getting me the ball but I'm going to prepare like I'll get the ball every time."


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