Phillips a jack of all trades on D

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Justin Phillips wants to be known for his versatility and now he gets a chance to prove he has some.

The Calgary Stampeders first-round draft pick is moving from his linebacker position to become a defensive end.

He will back up Anthony Gargiulo but could rotate to different spots depending on the formation.

"They were trying to find where people fit most and my forte is rushing the passer," Phillips said. "They saw that I was good at it so they're giving me a shot at field end."

Phillips worked out with the defensive lineman for the first time yesterday and hardly looks out of place because of his size.

"I'm kind of a tweener," said the 6-ft. 3-in., 240-pounder. "I'm a bit of a linebacker and a bit of a defensive end.

"Hopefully this is the spot for me. Tweeners are all the rage now."

NUMBERS GAME

Once training camp broke Saturday, several players switched numbers.

Safety Brandon Haw grabbed the vacated No. 4 when Wes Cates was sent to Saskatchewan, while Brandon Browner took Haw's 27.

Ryan Thelwell switched back to No. 3, which he wore with the B.C. Lions, then Tony Bua grabbed Thelwell's No. 7.

Defensive back Calvin Bannister switched to 19, while linebacker Neil Ternovatsky took No. 47, moving from 99.

EXTRA POINTS

Defensive lineman Calvin Thibodeaux, who originally turned down a practice roster spot, changed his mind and was added back to the PR yesterday, bumping DB Sean Manning.


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