Miguel Robede figures his nearly season-long banishment off the playing roster provided a valuable lesson.
Robede, activated for the first time all year in Monday's clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, learned patience while biding his time.
Well, a bit of patience.
"They say patience is a virtue, and I worked on that this year -- a lot," said the 26-year-old defensive lineman. "I have a bit of a temper and get angry some times, but I understand the situation at the same time.
"But it's good when you get angry in those situations because it's means you're a competitor."
The club's first overall pick in the 2005 Canadian college draft was a whipping boy for disposed defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan and wasn't used in the primary 3-4 formation the club used.
The switch to a four-man front put the 6-ft.-4, 298-lb. Robede back into the lineup, and he suited up for nine plays Monday.
"He lined up, he got after it and he did a lot of little things well," said head coach Tom Higgins. "He got himself in a position where he's gonna get some more reps.
"It was nice to see at the end of the football game he's taking a shower because he's earned his paycheque (in a game) ... and I'm happy for him. He'll continue to provide a chance to rest our defensive linemen."
Return specialist Markus Howell was named Canadian player of the week. In Mondays loss, Howell returned four punts for 116 yards, averaging 29 yards per return and scoring a 96-yard touchdown.He was also recognized as runner up for the CFL's special teams player of the week.
CALVILLO INKS DEAL
Anthony Calvillo signed a one-year contract extension yesterday that will keep him with the Montreal Alouettes through 2008. He is second all-time in CFL pass completions with 3,750, third in career passing yards with 52,469 and fifth in TD passes with 283. He said he did not get a cut in his salary, believed to be in excess of $300,000.