Browner facing big test

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

REGINA -- The last time Matt Dominguez lined up against a Calgary Stampeders cornerback with huge credentials, he burned his opponent twice.

So the Stamps came home from the pre-season matchup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and promptly traded Coby Rhinehart to the Montreal Alouettes.

Now Dominguez will face a different type of defensive back as the Stampeders take on the Roughriders tonight at Mosaic Stadium (5 p.m., TSN).

Brandon Browner, all 6-ft.-4, 220-lb. of him, will try to shut down the all-star Roughriders wideout.

"Coby is pretty good. He was an all-star last year. How do you get a guy better than that?" Dominguez said. "The guy I'm going to be seeing is a big dude.

"He's bigger than me. It's different facing a guy like that but every guy you go against has different tendencies. There are corners in the league who have great feet or are great tacklers.

"You just have to figure out how to beat them by watching film."

Unfortunately for Dominguez, there is only one regular-season game of Browner to watch.

But the Hamilton Tiger-Cats never threw to the wide receivers Browner was covering in Calgary's season-opening victory at McMahon.

The only pass thrown in Browner's area was a screen to Jesse Lumsden, and that's where the Oregon State product showed he is still a rookie.

"I lost containment," Browner said. "I saw the screen early and I thought I would do myself and the team some good by flying up to make the play. I went inside when he went outside. It went for a huge gain."

Browner is looking forward to covering Dominguez, who has become one of the best wide receivers at getting separation from his defender once the ball is in the air.

At 6-ft.-2., Dominguez has a great reach and can usually dominate shorter CFL corners.

Browner has also seen the highlight film of Dominguez's circus catch against Rhinehart last year and hopes his size can help avoid a play like that.

In studying Dominguez, Browner said the thing he focuses on more is his movement at the start of his route.

"It's about 50-50. The way he comes off the line and gives that waggle motion is the hardest thing to defend with him," Browner said.

"They give him a chance to move before the ball is snapped, so his momentum is already going forward."

Dominguez expects a good challenge from Browner, who likes to jam as much as possible on the line.

"It's a physical game. I play physical and that's what he also does as a defensive back," Dominguez said. "We're two physical guys battling along the boundary."


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