Stamps cutdown nears

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

No one was more happy to see the end of two-a-days than Henry Burris.

Although the Stampeders quarterback isn't the oldest player on the team -- he ranks fourth behind Dan Comiskey, Rob Lazeo and Ryan Thelwell -- Burris felt a sense of relief getting through the tough part of pro camp No. 14.

"I'm actually tired of our defence," Burris said Friday. "I'm ready to go against an opposite coloured jersey."

After finishing with two practices Friday, the Stamps can look forward to a walkthrough Saturday at McMahon Stadium before facing the Saskatchewan Rough- riders Sunday in the final pre-season tune-up.

Starting next week, there is a rundown Monday and one practice per day Tuesday and Wednesday before final cutdown day Thursday.

No more long days for old guys such as Burris.

"I'm not saying I'm old yet," Burris said. "I know guys who have done 25 camps, but I'm not going to play as long as Damon (Allen). To be able to go through my 14th year and to have my body feel this way is great."

Finding his place

Even in his third season with the Stampeders, Keon Raymond hasn't found a home. The Stamps are trying another experiment with the versatile Raymond, moving him to strongside linebacker from defensive halfback and switching with Milt Collins.

It's nothing new to Raymond, who has played safety, cornerback and linebacker during his time in Calgary, beginning midway through 2008.

"I think I can make it mine," Raymond said about the strongside 'backer position. "I've been blessed with another opportunity. Last year, I was backing up Shannon (James) and I just happened to move to halfback midway through the season."

Can you hear me now?

The Stamps offence has used the new one-way CFL headsets, which connect coach to quarterback, for the past couple of weeks and found no troubles in bad weather and noise.

Burris said the biggest benefit is having all three pivots listening in when coach Dave Dickenson calls the plays. So far, the addition is working great, even with music blaring at practice Thursday.

"They put us in difficult situations to make sure we're communicating the way we were supposed to," Burris said. "We were making things happen on time."

Extra points

Players not suiting up in the final exhibition game are OL Edwin Harrison, OL Matt Sheridan, DL Eugene Kinlaw and R Ken-Yon Rambo. R P.K. Sam, R Johnny Forzani, RB Derek Watson and LB Robert McCune are doubtful.


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