Reynolds making big plays

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Joffrey Reynolds learned his lesson about scoreboard watching.

In a win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Oct. 3, a Henry Burris outlet pass sailed over the Calgary Stampeders running back’s head because he was instead watching his quarterback on the JumboTron.

So on Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Reynolds kept his eyes on the play, and two dumpoff passes went for 47 yards.

Both were key parts of a 44-44 tie with the Riders as they both came on second-and-longs.

“I said ‘I’m not going to let that happen again,’” Reynolds said.

“I was going to be ready this time. It worked out well.

“I’ll save watching him again until I get on the sidelines.”

Burris was under intense pressure when he dumped off a pass to Reynolds about five yards away near the line of scrimmage.

A few moves and a 31-yard gain later set up a field goal.

“He was staying attentive the right way,” Burris said. “I was thankful for him.

“He does a great job in protecting but whenever he can check out and get into different zones when they take away our receivers, he can make massive plays for us.

“To have two catches and 50 receiving yards just shows that when the ball is in his hands he will make plays.”

Over the past month and half, the Stamps offence hasn’t exactly set the world on fire.

But Reynolds could hardly be blamed. He has quietly moved into top spot among CFL leaders and now he has a second straight rushing title in his grasp.

“I’m just happy I was part of helping the team get in a position to win the game,” Reynolds said.

“You can talk about the yards and the other glory stuff after the season is done. That’s when you can reflect on your personal accolades. The main thing we’re focusing on being the first place team in the West.”

When Reynolds goes for a 100-yard game this season, the Stamps have a 4-2-1 record.

His 137 yards against the Riders upped his average per carry to 6.4, which is a half-yard better than any other starting running back in the CFL.

What makes him more important is being automatic at the goal-line and the Stamps used him to get three TDs against a tough Riders defence.

It was especially important considering the offence hadn’t put up a major in 10 quarters. The Stamps are 3-0-1 when Reynolds has more than one touchdown.

“Any offensive player, you have to want to be the go-to guy,” Reynolds said. “I felt in a groove with the offensive line.

“They were getting on people. I made a few good cuts and broke a few tackles. It started to wear on them at the end. We felt we got stronger as a unit as the game went on.”

Reynolds came out of the gates flying against the Riders. He had 86 yards in the first quarter alone, plus a 36-yard TD.

That allowed the Stamps to use play-action to open up the passing game.

“It was a good balance,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

“We tried to establish that. When we can obtain that type of balance, we usually have success.”


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