Stampeders receiving corps crowded

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:35 PM ET

Amid a clutch of red jerseys stands a receiver not wearing one, although his enthusiasm makes it appear as if hes the one getting all the receptions.

You would think Ken-Yon Rambo would be frustrated right now, watching another injured Calgary Stampeders receiver return from a devastating ailment and seeing someone else play his position.

But the Los Angeles native has long used the power of positive thinking to get through his problems, including his recovery from a torn ACL.

Hes a constant chatterbox with upbeat, encouraging messages for both Ryan Thelwell, who has returned to practice from a torn Achilles, and Romby Bryant, who replaced Rambo in the starting lineup.

Who else is going to be positive for me? said Rambo. Im not going to depend on you to be positive for me. I have to be positive for myself.

Its always been my way. I want people to do good. Im a team player. I want to see people get better. Thats always how its been. Im 31, and Im still trying to get better. My mom and pops always told me to not look at the negative, just the positive. Live for the present day.

Presently, Rambo is still at least a couple of weeks away from going full bore on his surgically repaired knee.

He wont come back until hes 100%, which could still take some time. When Rambo comes back, the Stamps could have an interesting dilemma.

Would Bryant be the odd man out, or would the second-year Stampeder be moved to another position?

Clearly, the Stamps will jump that hurdle when the time comes, and it might be too early to even speculate.

Newcomer P.K. Sam hasnt done much during this springs training camp, and he could be losing out on the starting job to sophomore Jermaine Jackson.

So the starting receiving corps is still a work in progress.

Just like Rambo, Bryant is worrying only about himself and getting comfortable in the offensive system.

Upon arriving late last season, the 30-year-old Tulsa product was quickly thrown into action without a strong base of knowledge.

The learning process in terms of plays, I would just get what was going in that week, Bryant said. It wasnt like I knew the system. It was easy to get along with the guys. They knew why I was here, so they tried to help me out.

Rambo is confident that once he gets back on the field, he will return to his 2008 form, when he led the CFL in receiving yards.

It will be then the competition for his old starting job will start, as he must prove to have his old speed back.

I have no doubts. I know what type of player I am, Rambo said. The coaches and everyone else knows what type of player I am.

I cant do anything about Romby. Hes a great dude and a great player. He has put up numbers up here. All I can do is get myself healthy and worry about Ken-Yon Rambo, get back on the field and do what I do.


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