Lining up in practice next to Brandon Browner makes Dwaine Carpenter feel a little undersized.
But the Calgary Stampeders defensive back certainly doesn't mind.
If the 6-ft.-4 Browner and 6-ft.-1 Carpenter get to start at the same time on the boundary side, hardly anyone is going to throw a jump ball they can't get to.
"You want to have that confidence but you have to give the opponent respect, too," said Carpenter with a laugh.
"When we played against Toronto, some guys out there (on special teams) were asking me if I was a linebacker.
"I said, 'No, I'm a boundary halfback.' They told me to quit lying. My size can be intimidating I guess."
Starting halfback Sadrick Williams left practice yesterday with an injury so Carpenter took all the reps at that position.
Carpenter, who played four seasons in the NFL, is ready to step in after signing with the Stamps July 17 when they returned from a two-game road trip.
The 29-year-old dressed for the past two games and played mostly special teams but feels he's ready to play some defence.
"I'm playing catchup with these guys but I'm starting to get a better feel for this game," Carpenter said. "This is part of being professional, you have to prepare if you are the starter."
Carpenter played 42 games over the past four seasons, the first two with the San Francisco 49ers and the past two with the St. Louis Rams. He said being a veteran dictated he earned a higher salary and nobody called this spring after the Rams released him.
He has played enough to earn an NFL pension but isn't ready to retire quite yet.
"It's more about getting to play, which I love to do," Carpenter said. "I would have gone to Alaska if there was a league there. I've always been like that ... just let me play."
When Stampeders rookie receiver Greg Hetherington made the practice roster out of training camp, the first thing he did was buy a spanking new 2007 Mazda 6.
It was his first car, so the McGill product was out driving just to enjoy it. Four days later, he was rear-ended, and, although he wasn't hurt, it put a damper on his season.
He finally got the vehicle back just before last Saturday's game.
"I was looking in the rearview mirror when it happened, just holding on the steering wheel waiting," Hetherington said. "I nailed the car in front of me and was sandwiched in the pile. That was a minor setback. Outside of football, I've been dealing with it since I got here."
Stamps LT Garrick Jones (wrist) is back in all first-team drills and should return to the lineup Saturday. WR Ken-Yon Rambo will likely sit out.