Special teams kick efforts up a notch

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Although Justin Phillips would rather be hammering quarterbacks, last week he took out his frustrations on returners.

And he wasn't the only one.

In a 42-5 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders Monday, Phillips recorded four special-teams tackles as part of a great effort by the cover teams.

Phillips wasn't playing as much with the defence, but that didn't deter him from being focused on coverage units.

"It was attitude," Phillips said. "We wanted to play faster. We put a big emphasis on it early in the week. Coach (Craig) Dickenson came up to me early in the week and said we needed to get our Canadians more tackles on special teams. I set out to prove I'm capable of doing that."

Outside of one 18-yard punt return by Weston Dressler, the Stamps held the Riders to two yards each of the other six punts. They did exceptionally well on kickoffs, holding the Riders to a 14-yard average.

Now they are preparing for a different challenge. Veteran returner Jason Armstead has steadily improved since joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers eight games ago, and he hit the endzone against the Eskimos three weeks ago.

"He's dangerous, and we do not take him lightly," said Stamps linebacker Marc Calixte, who recorded two tackles against the Riders.

"We will try to get to him as fast as possible and make him hesitate so we have the chance at making a tackle. We can't afford him to get any confidence, because once he gets that, he can be extremely dangerous, breaking 20 or 30 yards or even take it to the house."

BOMBERS' DEEP THREAT OUT

The Stamps defence won't have to worry about the full complement of Blue Bombers receivers tomorrow when they meet at McMahon.

Bombers receiver Derick Armstrong has a banged up knee and will skip this outing to get some rest for the playoff race. Armstrong is second on his team with 922 yards this season off 71 catches, five of which went for touchdowns.

EXTRA POINTS

Clemson product Will Proctor has been added to the Stampeders practice roster so the coaches can get a look at him and decide if they want to invite the quarterback to next season's training camp. Proctor spent some time with the Montreal Alouettes last season ... The Stamps placed practice-roster RB Lavarus Giles on the suspended list so that he could go home to Mississippi for the birth of his first child. He is expected to rejoin the team.


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