Reynolds in small dose only

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

Put a Calgary Stampeders fan in as offensive co-ordinator this week and they would really make Joffrey Reynolds earn his bonus money.

It seems like a wise idea to keep handing the ball to the star running back until Reynolds and the Saskatchewan Roughriders defence are both out of breath.

But the man who calls the plays, offensive guru Steve Buratto, disagrees. Reynolds, who signed a contract extension yesterday through 2009 that featured a nice bonus, is better in small doses, said Burrato, although his 7.4-yard average per carry makes it tempting to use him more often.

"He has good success because we used him intermittently," Buratto said. "When we're picky about when we use him, that's when he's effective and we get big plays as opposed to running him in there for two or three (yards).

"We're effective running the football but we don't have to run it every down."

The only blemish in Reynolds' performance a week ago in Regina came at the end of the first half when he fumbled in Saskatchewan territory.

Reynolds had 80 yards rushing in the first half but only piled up another 22 on five carries the rest of the way.

"Our objective is stretch the defence," Buratto said.

"I would like to see him get 25 carries. But in order to do that, we have to stay on the field and not get in second and long situations.

"Last week, we had 14 second and longer than 10 yards. Those are tough to convert.

"He's still about a third of our offence. It's really quite extraordinary that a third of plays are by our running back.

"If we ran 65 to 70 plays a game, he might get 25 carries."


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