Arrival day for Stamps' Pickett

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

It was like a game of Where’s Waldo, and it didn’t take long to find the new face amidst the sea of them partaking in the Calgary Stampeders rundown Monday. He was right behind No.-1 quarterback Henry Burris. Cody Pickett wouldn’t mind being in that very spot all season. Pickett, who spent the past three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts and was signed by Montreal in the off-season but released on the eve of the Alouettes training camp, arrived in Calgary in time to throw on some sweats, go through stretches and run around the McMahon Stadium turf while the rest of the Stampeders worked out the kinks the day after a 23-21 pre-season victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. “He’s just acquainting himself with his new teammates,” said GM/head coach John Hufnagel. “We still have a week of training camp. More than a week. If you only have three quarterbacks, you’re living dangerously.” Pickett, whose signing will be announced Tuesday, wasn’t made available to the media. Pickett’s arrival gives the Stamps four throwers, all with CFL experience. In fact, Pickett has seen the most action after Burris. The soon-to-be 30-year-old from Idaho made his first CFL start two seasons ago against Calgary, although it was a disastrous game in which the Stamps throttled Toronto 44-16. Last season, Pickett completed 145-of-235 passes for 1,553 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions for the Boatmen. It appeared Drew Tate had the No.-2 job uncontested when Barrick Nealy retired, but with Pickett’s experience — he played for the San Francisco 49ers and had stints with the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders — and Zac Champion’s performance in Edmonton, there may be a battle for Stampeders jobs after all. “He has experience in the Canadian Football League,” Hufnagel said of Pickett, whose father, Dee, is a Hall-of-Fame rodeo cowboy. “He was a successful quarterback in college. When I was in the other league, doing the draft, I evaluated Cody at that time and I liked what I saw. “He’s a very smart quarterback, has a good throwing motion. He’s learned the CFL game, and I’m sure he’ll be able to execute our game plan.” Good news for rookie Whatever elixir Stampeders offensive line hopeful Edwin Harrison found immediately after the Edmonton game could be worth a fortune. The Stampeders believed the tackle would be out long-term due to a knee injury suffered in the first quarter, but it now appears he’ll be back within a couple of weeks. “It turned from a four-to-six-week period to 10 to 14 days,” Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said. “It was diagnosed as a sprain. He’s ecstatic about it. The young man was very low (Sunday) night, as you would expect.” Harrison and Sam Allen were in a battle for the right tackle position. The Stamps hope to have two imports on the offensive line, and all-star Ben Archibald has one position locked up. “I think I’m still going to try to get another (import) offensive lineman in here because we do have another game,” Hufnagel said. “I want to make sure I have two healthy American tackles on the team.” randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca

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