Impressive session for receivers

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland wasn't about to be outshined by a rookie.

Shortly after defensive back Brandon Browner dove in front of an Akili Smith pass intended for Copeland, the veteran receiver made the play of Calgary Stampeders training camp.

Copeland cut across the middle to make a beautiful diving grab as full team drills got a boost in intensity on the seventh day of camp.

The intensity was infectious as Nik Lewis followed up Copeland's brilliance with a gorgeous one-handed grab of his own, reminiscent of his first camp when he stuck to every pass thrown his way.

"It's not hard when you are motivated to be better," said Lewis.

"That's what we are right now. We have fun out here. We have good quarterbacks throwing the ball. Cope's always a leader so he can get you going when you're not going.

"He's better (than last year). A lot better."

It didn't stop there as free-agent pickup Ryan Thelwell made a couple of nice grabs and Copeland had another over-the-shoulder grab to finish off a brisk early practice.

Copeland, who missed a couple days with a sore hamstring, was just pleased he could practise at close to full speed because he's still hampered by the injury.

"Truthfully, that's the way it has to be. I'm not 100 percent right now," Copeland said.

"I'm just trying to maintain my strength in it. But when I'm out there, I'm giving it everything I've got."

Absent from the impressive offensive session was Marc Boerigter, who is sidelined with a minor groin pull. Watching the offence click wasn't easy for the free-agent signing.

"This sucks because I hate sitting out practices," Boerigter said. "I was asking (trainer) Pat (Clayton) to allow me to go back in today. It just needs a little break. I hate sitting here because I would rather be out there."

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps cut non-import defensive back Raphael Osei and import linebackers Shaunard Harts and Marques Binns. Canadian defensive lineman Patrick MacDonald, wearing Harts' No. 49, was added to the roster ... LB Brian Clark (knee) joins the long list of players who missed practice with minor ailments ... The team takes a break from two-a-days with a mock game today at 2 p.m.


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