Reynolds wants balance -- and ball

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

SUN MEDIA -- Joffrey Reynolds wants the ball more.

Carrying the ball just 10 times per game to start the regular season, the Calgary Stampeders' running back wants to get his hands on the ball at least 20 times tonight.

With the Edmonton Eskimos battling the Stamps today, it is one of the key areas to watch. In fact, if Eskimos defensive end Rahim Abdullah were calling the shots as offensive co-ordinator on the Stampeders' sideline, he would triple Reynolds' carries.

"With a guy like Joffrey Reynolds, can you ever give him the ball enough?" said Abdullah.

"If I was the offensive co-ordinator (in Calgary), he would be like Emmitt Smith.

"I'd give him the ball at least 30 times a game."

The second leading rusher in the CFL last year, Reynolds carried the ball more than 14 times per game in 2006 on average under Steve Buratto as offensive co-ordinator.

Under new offensive boss George Cortez, the number of carries has dropped.

"I think we have been successful when I have been effective. When we are a balanced offence, I think we are at our best," said Reynolds, who doesn't believe it is a balanced offence right now.

"Due to some games (getting) out of hand for us early, we couldn't really run the ball the way we wanted to.

"I think being balanced gives the opportunity for defences not to be able to key on me or throwing lanes."


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