Five new names to get to know

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

Keep an eye out for these new faces, who will make their their Calgary Stampeders debuts this season after surviving yesterday's final cuts:

DT JUSTIN BROWN

A big old farm boy from Ardmore, Okla., Brown muscled his way into the rotation on an overhauled defensive line. The Grey Cup champs lacked a true sack-master last season -- no Stampeders defender registered more than five quarterback takedowns -- but there's optimism the 6-foot-2, 270-lb. product of East Central Oklahoma can fill that void.

R TITUS RYAN

With a wealth of veteran receivers already inked onto the depth chart, just catching on with the Stamps was no small feat for the former track star. Ryan cemented his spot on special teams, racking up 64 yards on a pair of kick returns against the Lions and then churning up 32 yards of turf on three punt returns in Regina.

QB DREW TATE

The 24-year-old was crowned the winner in perhaps the most intriguing training camp battle on the offensive side of the ball, beating out Arena League veteran Matt D'Orazio for a job as third-string quarterback. But with backup Barrick Nealy hobbled by a groin injury that's kept him out of practice for nine days, Tate could be the first off the bench in case of emergency.

LB TRAY BLACKMON

It's amazing how quickly things can change. With the release of veteran JoJuan Armour and a knee injury to sophomore LeMarcus Rowell, Blackmon will likely kick off his first CFL campaign as Calgary's starting middle linebacker. A father of four, his hard-nosed style should make him an instant hit at McMahon Stadium.

RB DEREK WATSON

Those heavy footsteps Demetris Summers should be hearing belong to Watson, a 6-foot, 223-lb. bruiser who's made the most of a late invite to Stamps' training camp. Sure, Watson was stashed on the practice roster, but after rumbling for 75 yards on 13 carries in his first game in almost three years, the 28-year-old has shown he's a candidate for promotion.


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