Sam takes trade as a personal compliment

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

CALGARY — Between interview requests and keeping a close eye on his one-year-old son, P.K. Sam spent an unusual amount of time Wednesday morning surfing the Internet.

His objective?

To find out a little more about his new team — the Calgary Stampeders — and about Jeremaine Copeland, the veteran slotback headed the other direction in Wednesday’s stunning swap with the Toronto Argonauts.

“I didn’t really get to see him all his years playing, but now that I’ve read up on him, he’s a very good receiver, and it’s a huge compliment that the coaching staff would want to trade me for him,” Sam said from his home in Dayton, Ohio. “Reading up on him, I do see just how big this trade was and, like

I said, that’s a compliment that this team has given to me that they do think highly enough of my skills to take a risk and trade for me.”

While there’s no guarantee Sam will line up at Copeland’s old slotback spot, the former Argo certainly has some big shoes to fill at McMahon Stadium.

Copeland is coming off a renaissance season of sorts, having landed on the CFL all-star team after racking up 1,235 receiving yards and registering a league-leading 12 touchdown catches.

Although he’s shown flashes of brilliance, the 26-year-old, 6-foot-3, 210 lb. Sam hasn’t matched those numbers. In six appearances as a rookie in 2008, the former Florida State Sentinal covered 499 yards through the air and made three trips to the endzone.

After a failed tryout with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills last season, he returned to the Argos and racked up 385 receiving yards in nine outings. Both of his TDs came in an Aug. 29 clash with the Stamps.

“Now that I get a whole training camp with a CFL team, I honestly believe there’s no telling what I can do this year. I really believe that,” he said. “We’ll see. I expect big things from myself.”


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