Five that stood out

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

1. SB JERMAINE JACKSON

An impressive debut for the rookie pass-catcher. Jackson hauled in a four-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. Most of the McMahon Stadium faithful thought the 27-year-old had another major late in the second quarter, but he was marked down at the one-yard line. Nonetheless, his 50-yard hookup with QB Drew Tate (who scored on a quarterback sneak on the next play) was a thing of beauty.

2. DE JUWAN SIMPSON

The second-year CFLer made the most of his cameo with Calgary's first-team defence. At the 6:20 mark of the first quarter, Simpson bowled through the Lions offensive line and stripped the ball from QB Buck Pierce. One of four players auditioning to replace Charleston Hughes at rush-end, Simpson was credited with a sack and a forced fumble.

3. R TITUS RYAN

Nobody doubted the former high-school track star was blessed with blazing speed. Last night, the 25-year-old wideout proved he's capable of getting open, too, hauling in passes of 22 and 28 yards in the first half. Ryan, who owns Alabama's high-school state record in the 100m dash, also left an impression as a returner, showing some fancy footwork on 52-yard run-back that likely would've resulted in a TD if he didn't step out of bounds.

4. DB DAVANZO TATE

The 25-year-old freshman didn't show off the playmaking skills he flashed in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, but Tate didn't hurt his cause with a no-frills performance in the defensive secondary. He's in a battle with DB J.R. Ruffin for a starting halfback gig alongside CB Brandon Browner.

4. LB TRAY BLACKMON

Blackmon is auditioning as a linebacker, but the former Auburn Tiger made his mark last night on special teams. Twice, the 6-foot, 220-pounder was first on kickoff-return scene, and both times, he made the Lions ball-carrier pay the price with hard-nosed hits.


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