Former Stampeder feelin' good in green

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

REGINA -- Wes Cates should have known his CFL career was destined to take off in Saskatchewan, even when he was wearing Red and White.

"My mother told me a few years ago she dreamt that I was going to be playing for a professional team in green," said the running back, who will make his debut with the Roughriders tonight.

"Her dream is coming true. Green was always my favourite colour because of that."

Last season, Cates joined the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent and displayed amazing athletic ability in backing up star running back Joffrey Reynolds.

The 28-year-old came into his second season with high hopes but, after the pre-season, the Stamps needed another lineman so they sent Cates to Saskatchewan for Rob Lazeo.

The deal was a win-win for both teams but it came as a shock to Cates. Once he arrived in Regina, he found out how exciting it is to get a chance at becoming a No. 1 running back, which wasn't possible in Calgary behind Reynolds.

He will back up Roughriders starter Henri Childs tonight but is expected to see some time on the field in two-back sets and should get more opportunities as the season wears on.

"Everybody seemed like they were glad to have me here. It was a warm reception," said Cates, who thought about where he might end up wearing green but didn't consider the 'Riders.

"I thought when she told me I might be going to Philly (to play with the Eagles) but this is a nice place too. It's a strong market as far as football goes. I'm happy to come here and try to be one of the main players on this team."

Asked if he's going to hit anyone in particular on special teams, Cates just shrugs.

"Whoever they put me on," he said.

"If someone is matched up against me, you better be looking out. I'm definitely going to be playing my hardest to let them know they made a mistake for feeling they could do without me."


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