Hughes a cut above the rest

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Every time Charleston Hughes goes to a pro training camp, he gets cut.

Just don't expect it to happen this year.

Even after a solid rookie camp in 2008, the Calgary Stampeders went in a different direction and Hughes was released, only to get called back in Week 2 because of injuries.

Hughes went on to finish second on the team in tackles and tied for first in sacks, enough to get an NFL-option year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. In their training camp last season, he was cut, and he returned to the Stamps, with whom he had six sacks in his first three games before going without one in the final five outings.

With the benefit of a full off-season, Hughes has come back to this year's camp feeling energized. He also feels secure in his job.

"It's good that I feel confident, and I'm showing that I'm doing my job on the field," Hughes said. "I should feel confident being here. I had to relax, train and critique myself and make myself better."

ELLIS SITS OUT SECOND DAY

Godfrey Ellis took a low blow in his attempt to win a starting job with the Stampeders' offensive line.

On the opening day of camp, Ellis took a pair of shots below the belt and was forced to sit out Monday's sessions.

"For me, I pretty much take it in stride," said the easy-going Bahamian.

This is an important training camp for Ellis, who is trying to replace the retired Jesse Newman at left guard.

EXTRA POINTS

Canadian WR Johnny Forzani returned to action after sitting out the first day with a hamstring injury ... DL De-Vone Claybrooks (cut finger) and OL Matt Sheridan (undisclosed) sat out Monday.


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