Tuneup needed for Stamps

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

If Henry Burris were a car, QB coach Bill Diedrick could simply pop the hood and start tinkering.

Problem is a quarterback's mechanics are considerably more complicated than the family sedan.

That's why the Calgary Stampeders No. 1 pivot and his coach have been spending extra time on the field and in the film room tuning up the starter's throwing action.

Burris has struggled through the first two games of the CFL season, completing 53% of his throws while failing to find the endzone in Saturday's loss in Edmonton.

"My personal expectations are much higher than last year and I think Hank's are even higher than mine," Diedrick said yesterday of the slow start.

"It's one of those things where you almost would expect a guy to come out and make every throw perfect but, in reality, you know that's not going to be the case."

The offensive unit's problems are plentiful and widespread, from poor throws to dropped passes, botched routes to stupid penalties.

Diedrick said a number of Burris' poor throws are caused by mechanics involving his feet and/or lower body.

"If you don't either plant and get your hips through the throw or shoulders through the throw, the ball's going to die on you," Diedrick said.

LYNEM 'DID OK': Calgary product Tyler Lynem saw plenty of action Saturday replacing right tackle Jeff Pilon, injured in the second offensive series in Edmonton.

Lynem received a passing grade.

"I did all right, a few mental breakdowns," Lynem said.

"(O-line coach Steve Buratto) said I did OK for the first full game I've played. He knows I still have a lot to learn and it will come with time."

Pilon suffered a strained groin, originally feared to be a hernia, before giving way to Lynem for most of the game. Pilon didn't practice yesterday leaving Lynem to start Thursday against the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

SCOTTY'S BEAMIN': The Stamps were a surly bunch yesterday, although one player had reason to smile.

First-year import WR Scotty Anderson, who injured his knee in pre-season, is expected to finally see the field Thursday against the Ticats.

"I felt like a little kid out there today," Anderson said.

"Sitting out is never easy and that is the longest I've sat out with an injury in a long time. It makes you want to play more."

Anderson is expected to provide strong-armed starter Henry Burris with a vertical threat.

RB David Allen (knee) was running stairs yesterday but didn't participate in practice, while DB Crance Clemons (ham) also watched.


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