Rambo under radar

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Here's a quick trivia question for Stampeders fans: Two Calgary receivers were part of the three-way tie for touchdown receptions in the CFL last season. Who are they?

Guessing Jeremaine Copeland was among the trio that also includes Saskatchewan's D.J. Flick is easy.

How many of you figured the other was Nik Lewis?

You'd be wrong.

Ken-Yon Rambo tied Copeland and Flick with 10 TD catches, but is often the forgotten man among the Stampeders receiving corps.

"He puts up the numbers, that's what he does. We look at him as a playmaker," Copeland said. "People may forget about him, but I don't think we do. We know exactly what he brings to the team.

"We know when it comes down to it, you've got the big three on this team. That's what we call ourselves."

The way things look, expect the 'third wheel' in the receiving corps to have a big season.

Rambo, entering his fourth CFL campaign, was only a holding penalty from reaching the 1,000-yard mark last season -- a 20-yard gain in the final game of the season was erased by the infraction and he finished with 983.

When Henry Burris was at his hottest last season, it was Rambo whose numbers took off.

"The timing was good between me and Hank, and that's the key," said Rambo, the 29-year-old, 6-ft.-1, 207-lb. product of Long Beach, Calif.

"When you get your timing down and learn to run your routes in the CFL, the sky's the limit."

Lewis and Copeland are the most visible receivers, deservedly so for their talent and also in part because of their gregarious nature.

Rambo doesn't mind being overlooked.

"I'll get my opportunities, just like Cope and Nik and all the other receivers," he said. "We just have to make it happen."

Even though the Stamps brought in a slew of import receivers to compete for jobs at camp, Rambo doesn't feel threatened.

"I know my position is and what type of athlete I am, so I'm really not worried about other players," he said.

"I'm worried about myself. I do what I do, help the young guys out learn their plays and their opportunities to make the team."


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