The Receivers

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

Unlike a year ago, the Stampeders enter training camp with a clear picture of how their receiving corps will line up.

Veteran stars Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland will anchor the group as the slotbacks, while Ken-Yon Rambo, Brett Ralph and Ryan Thelwell will play outside.

This is the same crew as last year, but the high-profile signing of one-time Stamp Marc Boerigter prior to last season muddled things up and the group got off to a slow start before Boerigter, who spent time in the NFL after his first departure from Calgary, was released.

Both Lewis and Copeland broke the 1,000-yard mark, but if Henry Burris gets back to the level he displayed midway through last season before getting hurt, there is a realistic possiblity the Stamps could boast up to four receivers who can hit the magical mark.

Rambo finished just 17 yards short last season, and he continues to improve after three seasons in the CFL. Thelwell has hit that mark in the past with the B.C. Lions, while Ralph set a career high with 695 yards last season.

That frontline group will be hard to crack, but there are several who will give it a try, with the most intriguing being Eddie Montgomery, brother of former world's fastest man Tim Montgomery. He may have a better chance of making the roster as a returner, where his 4.3 speed could be best utilized.

The Stamps have a wealth of Canadian receivers, including nine-year veteran Markus Howell, sophomore Greg Hetherington and freshly signed Dinos basketball star Henry Bekkering.


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