Receiver's tale worthy of storybook, cut or not

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

Reggie Williams dove to make the touchdown grab with no time remaining on the clock, just like he's done in dreams hundreds of times.

The score didn't win the game, and it was only CFL pre-season, but that can't diminish the significance for the Calgary Stampeders hopeful.

Even if he is one of the casualties today when the Stamps declare their 46-man roster, Williams feels satisfied he actually made it to the pros.

Considering the 25-year-old never played college ball and instead took care of his mother, this could be one of those storybook tales if he does win a job.

"Either way, it will be a huge memory for me," Williams said.

"It's been a struggle for me to play football with my background. I'm just happy coach (John Hufnagel) gave me the chance to come here and compete for a job. It was a bittersweet moment. I enjoy it all the same."

One of the guys competing against Williams for an import receiver spot is Chris Jackson, and he also had a good game Thursday in a 38-35 loss to the B.C. Lions. Jackson caught three passes for 53 yards, plus returned two punts for 42 yards, including a 37-yarder that never seemed to end as he weaved up the sidelines and back towards the middle of the field.

"I always wanted the opportunity because I knew I would make the best of it when I did," said Jackson, who spent time with three NFL teams last year but didn't stick. "I made a couple of plays and we'll see. I won't lose any sleep over (cutdown)."

With the likes of Ken-Yon Rambo, Jeremaine Copeland and Nik Lewis occupying import starter spots, there might not be much chance to play for a depth receiver.

Williams doesn't care, nor does Jackson, because just getting a job means they may get some playing time down the road.

As for waiting for the dreaded call today, Williams isn't going to stress about it.

"I'm a pretty confident guy," William said. "I've done everything the coaches asked me to. I know it's numbers that come into play.

"I prayed last night and I woke up this morning praying again. I hope this will be my home for the next six months."


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