Ralph eager to overcome sudden case of dropsies

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

Usually, Brett Ralph goes about his job and rarely gets noticed with the Calgary Stampeders.

So it was unusual when the sure-handed Canadian receiver had a trio of plays that stood out in Friday's 42-30 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

After a drop early in the second quarter, Ralph caught a pass right in front of the Stampeders' bench just before halftime.

He made a quick move to reach for the first-down stick, but the ball popped loose as his arm hit the ground.

The host Blue Bombers recovered the fumble.

Another drop left Ralph's final stats at two catches for nine yards. It goes without saying it wasn't the fifth-year veteran's best night of his solid career.

"There are a few plays that I would definitely like to have back," the soft-spoken Ralph said yesterday after arriving back at McMahon Stadium.

"It's one of those things -- a couple times I tried to do more than I should have instead of just securing the football.

"I was looking to turn up the field and forgot to take the ball with me. You hate to have one of those days, but I have to learn from it and be ready for next week.

"I can't sit and dwell on it. I will learn from it and take care of the football more than I did."

The fumble was one of five turnovers for the Stamps that turned into 28 points for the Blue Bombers.

The play was close enough that it could almost have been overturned on replay review.

"I knew our coaching staff was right there, and I'm not one of those guys to ask for challenges whenever anything like that happens to you," Ralph said.

"I haven't seen the replay. My immediate reaction was I thought my elbow hit the ground. I didn't think it was a fumble, but I need to secure the football.

"Sometimes, you need to just take your yardage and go down."

Ralph was by no means the only receiver to have a drop.

Several others had their mitts on catchable passes but didn't make the grabs.

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps have a handful of injuries that will need further examination. WR Titus Ryan has an ankle problem and is wearing a walking boot. DL Juwan Simpson (arm) and DL Justin Phillips (hip) are also getting looked at ... The team is off today before hitting the practice field tomorrow to prepare for Friday's game against the Argonauts.


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