Ken-Yon Rambo is making the Calgary Stampeders' decision to axe fellow receiver Marc Boerigter look like a brilliant move.
With three touchdowns and a handful of timely catches for first downs last week in two wins against the Edmonton Eskimos, Rambo is proving to be a clutch receiver for the Stamps.
He followed up his two-touchdown performance on Labour Day with another five grabs and a team-high 62 yards and another major in the rematch.
It's apparent quarterback Henry Burris is confident the 6-ft.-1, 207-pounder can be a go-to guy in any situation.
"Definitely," Burris said yesterday. " He's been here since we all came in 2005. Him, Copeland and Nik Lewis, they've been guys who've made clutch plays for us time-in and time-out."
The Stamps are creating mismatches with the speedy receiver becoming a permanent figure on the inside since Boerigter's release at the end of August, and Rambo is taking advantage of his opportunities.
"He's almost like a tight end sometimes. We try to get him in good matchups against certain coverage guys that we might not think can run with him," Burris said, adding the chemistry between himself and his receivers is on the rise now with no odd-men-out situations on a week-to-week basis.
"We have a good thing going as far as being on the same page. That's what's made things so much easier. When the ball's thrown in his direction, he does whatever he can to make plays -- and he does just that for us," said Burris. "He's just as big a big-play guy in this league as anybody when he gets the ball in his hands."
The Saskatchewan Roughriders, who venture into Calgary for this weekend's matchup at McMahon Stadium (Saturday, 2 p.m.), are well aware of Rambo's ability. In fact, former teammate Wes Cates is stunned the former Ohio State Buckeye isn't targeted more often.
"Ken-Yon Rambo is one of the most underused athletes in the CFL. That was a good move (releasing Boerigter) on Calgary's part, just to get in Rambo in the lineup. Finally, they came to their senses," said Cates. "I don't know exactly why he doesn't get used that much. I was in Calgary's camp the past two years, and he had the best camp in both of them, on both sides of the ball, too.
"It's a good thing for Calgary's sake they made the move and have decided to get him the ball. It will be a problem for us. I wish they would have figured that out after we played them, but I'm sure we will try to take care of him."
Rambo was the odd-man out when the Stamps and Esks met in Edmonton early last month, sidelined by a minor injury and the import numbers game. Five weeks later, he finds himself two majors shy of his CFL best five touchdowns and on his way to a possible 1,000-yard campaign.
"It feels good. Whenever the ball comes to you, you've got to make the play, and that's what my attitude is," Rambo said. "Making the big catches when it's needed, in the pressure situation, that's big. ... Hopefully they keep coming, and I keep raking them in."