Stamps' vaunted run attack MIA

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

For the past two starts, the Joffrey Reynolds train was stuck in the station.

Both times, the Calgary Stampeders' opponents got out to sizeable leads, and suddenly, the Reynolds running game went out the window.

The star running back just hopes it doesn't happen again in the rematch with the Toronto Argonauts tonight (5 p.m., McMahon Stadium).

"It's kind of frustrating," Reynolds said about the 48-15 loss in Toronto.

"You look at the scoreboard and we're down by 17, you start thinking, 'We're never going to run the ball. Do I have to be an extra offensive lineman all night long?' "

In back-to-back losses at Saskatchewan and Toronto, Reynolds gained the most yards from scrimmage of any Stampeders offensive player, which isn't a surprise considering how important he is to the team, but the production is still way below normal.

Early in the loss in Regina, Reynolds was a big part of a scoring drive that answered a Roughriders score, and he capped it off with a short touchdown reception.

The Stamps tried getting him more involved early against Toronto, going to him on four of the first five plays, but he only had 10 touches the rest of the way.

The problem was an ineffective passing game, and that led to mistakes such as interceptions and fumbles. So Reynolds would be happy with his average of 10 carries a game if everything else was working well.

"We're just not moving it. I may get 10 carries, but we're not moving it in the passing game," said the 27-year-old Texan.

"Then it's really bad because neither one is helping the other one out. If I get 10 carries mixed in with us moving the ball up and down the field throwing it, then they won't be expecting those runs.

"When the ball is hitting the ground or they aren't catching it, it has no effectiveness. We just need to have consistency in moving the ball."

Reynolds' teammates sympathize, mostly because it's not the running back who is making mistakes.

"You know he's a workhorse who can have 20 carries a game," said receiver Nik Lewis. "He wants the ball more and we want him to get the ball more.

"It's a matter of executing. If we have an 80-yard drive, he will touch the ball four or five times a drive and we will throw the ball and every receiver will get a touch.


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