Taylor-made deal

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

Joffrey Reynolds gets all the numbers but now his blockers are starting to collect some decent figures.

The Calgary Stampeders locked up one of the cornerstones on the offensive line yesterday, signing right guard Taylor Robertson to a long-term contract extension and giving him a nice bonus.

"Joffrey makes my job real easy," said Robertson, in his fourth year with the Stamps and now locked up through 2009. "If a guy falls off a block and goes to make a tackle, Joffrey can run right through him or stiff arm him to the ground.

"You just have to cover your guy and Joffrey does the rest. It's exciting to watch and exciting to play with him."

The red-hot CFL club also signed receiver/returner Markus Howell to an extension, solidifying Canadian depth for years to come.

Howell joined the Stamps through the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft and the Winnipeg native has found a home in Calgary.

The receiver was used as a defensive back while with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers previous to one year in Ottawa but now the receiver has a defined role as main punt returner with the Stamps.

"It's good to be versatile," said the always-smiling Howell. "That's what I've always tried to do."

Robertson was drafted by the Stamps in 2003 and arrived after an NFL tryout that season. He quickly emerged as a starter at right guard in 2004 and has become a key to Reynolds' success over the past two seasons.

Now the majority of offensive weapons are set to be Stampeders for a long time, with Reynolds, quarterback Henry Burris and receiver Nik Lewis all on long-term deals.

"Last year, I realized this was the place to be when the new ownership group came in," said the 26-year-old Robertson. "You could see the change instantly. I could see something special happening here and I think that's still true. We made the playoffs last year and will be there again this year. "

HEAVY WORKLOAD: With Randy Chevrier nursing a hamstring injury and likely to play only on special teams, the rest of the Stampeders defensive line will see a little more action tomorrow against the Argonauts.

Starting end Demetrious Maxie will shift through all three positions to give his teammates a break.

Although nose tackle differs from rush end, Maxie isn't worried about taking off Sheldon Napastuk for a few plays.

"It's like what I've always done," Maxie said. "I've moved around so much, it's not a big deal for me anymore."

POINTS AFTER: Stamps LB John Grace will miss the game with the flu and Cornelius Anthony will start at his spot ... The Argos can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Stamps and an Eskimos loss to Saskatchewan ... Calgary is 5-1 against East Division teams while Toronto has struggled against the West, going 1-3 ... The Argos are 2-4 when Ricky Williams starts at running back and 5-2 when he is out.


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