Deep threat set to debut

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have had only one fleeting glimpse of what Scotty Anderson can do.

But if that quick sample accurately indicates his potential, the Red and White finally have a deep threat.

The Stamps will unveil the former Detroit Lions speedster tonight against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who are well aware of the deep-pass danger he poses, despite Anderson seeing limited action in pre-season.

"That guy, as far as his physical stature, it's very rare," noted Stamps quarterback Henry Burris. "You have a guy who's 6-3 with the speed that he has and playmaking ability. It adds another weapon, a deep threat, a guy who has NFL experience who can make plays happen anywhere on the field in whatever type of route you ask him to complete."

Anderson didn't play the first exhibition contest but thrilled the home crowd in the second pre-season game, grabbing a 40-yard TD catch on a deep corner route. On that same play, Anderson injured his knee and has since been shelved.

"I feel really good, the knee is fine and I'm excited to finally get back out there," Anderson said yesterday.

Burris said Anderson makes his job easier.

"He can get behind people and that's good for me to know, that I can just drop back, give it some air and let the ball go and he'll run under it and get it."

The Ticats know of Anderson's credentials but have yet to see him in the CFL. Double teaming him will open up the inside for slotbacks Jeremaine Copeland and Nik Lewis. Likewise, giving extra attention to the slots will open room for Anderson.

"That's a question mark for us," admitted Ticats head coach Greg Marshall. "They have a lot of good receivers but none has the speed of Scotty Anderson, so that's something we'll have to deal with."


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