QB a confident Cat

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Bobby Singh wasn't surprised to hear Casey Printers make boastful statements upon signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

As a 22-year-old rookie in 2003, Printers showed the same sort of confidence as the third-string quarterback for the B.C. Lions.

It wasn't long before Printers moved up the depth chart, which Singh believed would happen from the moment both arrived in Vancouver that season.

Even after a 34-4 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week in his first game back, Singh said Printers likely still believes he will one day become the 'greatest quarterback who ever lived.'

"That's Casey being Casey, he's just that confident," said the Calgary Stampeders right guard. "I expect nothing less from an individual who's being paid that much and is in a top leadership role.

"Do you want him to come in and say he will try to lead the team and might not do it? He was just saying what was on his mind. I'm all for that."

When the Stamps face the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton tomorrow, Singh said the key to slowing down Printers will be keeping him in the pocket.

Even though his first start was a rocky one in which the Bombers sacked Printers six times, he will only improve once he gets more comfortable with Hamilton's offence.

Singh was a first-hand witness at how the athletic pivot would scramble until something opened up.

"What makes him more dangerous is he has his own playbook in his head," Singh said. "He has the charisma and spunk to fire up a team."

BROWNER A KEENER

Not even a walking cast can slow down Brandon Browner.

Although still nursing a sprained ankle that may keep him out of tomorrow's clash in Hamilton, Browner spent practice trying to run and back pedal with the oversized boot.

When Pat Clayton saw him, the trainer sprinted over to get him to stop. Head coach Tom Higgins said Browner will be a game-time decision, but Sadrick Williams will also make the trip to Ontario if Browner can't go.

If it's up to Browner, he's playing.

"That's the reason the boot was put on," Higgins said. "We don't want him pushing it too soon."

smilin hank top dog

For the second time this season, Henry Burris was named offensive player of the week, this one for his five-TD effort in a 44-22 win against Saskatchewan.

Linebacker Scott Coe was named top Canadian player for his 11 tackles and two forced fumbles.


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