Stamps wary of sequel

Stampeders Jeremaine Copeland. (Darren Makowichuk/SUN)

Stampeders Jeremaine Copeland. (Darren Makowichuk/SUN)

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Four days after being burned by a Flick, Jermaine Chatman is getting prepared for another one -- this time from Michael Bishop's wrist.

Of the many lowlights from the blowout loss to Saskatchewan, the one that will be played over and over all season is the Kerry Joseph pass that D.J. Flick reached around Chatman's body to haul in for a TD.

The loss has weighed on the Calgary Stampeders defensive back's mind but now he believes he's getting ready to face a tougher challenge.

The Toronto Argonauts are starting a mobile quarterback with plenty of skill in Michael Bishop as they host the Stamps (5 p.m., TSN).

"He's becoming one of the top quarterbacks in this league and he surely has one of the strongest arms," Chatman said. "I've seen him throw wide-side out routes just by flicking the ball. You have to respect his arm because he can make throws to all points on the field."

Bishop and Joseph are cut from the same mould in that they can scramble away from pressure and tuck the ball like a fullback to run with it.

That doesn't bode well for the Stamps, who allowed Joseph to throw four TDs even when they were prepared for him. Chatman said it doesn't get any easier with Bishop, who is 1-0 since taking over the Argos starting role from veteran Damon Allen.

"Bishop's kind of like Joseph with a stronger arm," Chatman said. "Joseph looks to run more than Bishop, who scrambles more to throw deep. If Joseph doesn't see anything right away, he just takes off."

The last time Bishop started a game at Rogers Centre, it was at the end of the 2004 season against the Stamps and the Argos were resting players ahead of their Grey Cup run.

The knock on Bishop used to be his decision making with the ball but Chatman said from the game and half of film he's seen of the pivot this season, that is no longer an issue.

"That just comes with playing more," Chatman said. "When you start a game, it's easier to make a lot of better decisions."

Said linebacker Scott Coe: "He's been very patient in what he's doing plus he also has the arm to throw from any position on the football field and the legs to run anywhere."


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