Teyo comfortable with new role

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Teyo Johnson may not have grown up completely in B.C., but he does fit the profile of a Wet Coaster.

Away from the football field, the Calgary Stampeders fullback is laid-back, easy-going and a bit subdued.

When it comes to the smash-mouth game, a first impression is he doesn't care. Johnson does and keeps proving it as the Stamps head into B.C. Place tonight to face the Lions (8:30 p.m., TSN).

"You need a few games so they see you delivering on game day. Then it's not a problem," he said about his nature. "(Teammates) don't need to see you banging your head against the locker Monday through Wednesday. But there are guys like that. I've played a lot of football, so this is what I do. When you are comfortable in your career, you can be laid-back."

Johnson was born in White Rock, B.C., but grew up mostly in Washington state, although his parents now have a home in Vancouver. With about 10 family members in attendance, Johnson will get to show off an expanded role in the Stamps offence tonight, but the 26-year-old won't see the ball much.

He arrived after training camp, and it took a few weeks for the Stamps to find a role for the 6-ft.-5, 260-pounder -- as a run blocker-tight end, where his size can be an asset.

Johnson played 30 games in his six-year NFL career, but head coach John Hufnagel is happy to see him embracing the job he's been given.

"He enjoys playing and he hasn't played a lot in the past," Hufnagel said. "He sees he can be a unique part of the team."


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