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SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

There's an unwritten warranty when it comes to running backs.

And teams usually cash in the policies shortly after the back turns 30.

Most running backs see a dramatic dropoff in their production after blowing out that 30th candle, but Joffrey Reynolds isn't most backs.

And he insists he feels as good as he ever has.

"For me, I feel good physically," said Reynolds, who turned 30 last November. "I don't feel any different than I did when I was 26. I actually feel a bit better.

"This is my first season playing at 30, so I don't know if (production) goes up or down. But as far as my health, I feel good, and every year, that's what I gauge myself on going into the season."

Reynolds, the two-time defending CFL rushing leader, is coming off a 1,504-yard season.

If he cracks the 1,000-yard barrier for a sixth consecutive year -- a feat the Stamps are counting on -- he'll do it as one of the league's older backs.

"I don't think any player has a blueprint of what age there will be a downfall," Reynolds said as the Stamps prepared for Sunday's pre-season finale against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (1 p.m.).

"Injuries happen at any age, so you never know.

"I bet a lot of people want to tell Brett Favre 'you're 40 years old. You should have been gone a long time ago.' "

In addition to battling Father Time, Reynolds faces another challenge: Running behind a rebuilt offensive line.

Reynolds, who led the CFL with nine 100-yard games in 2009, had a good thing going with the offensive line.

That comfort level is now gone as he and the big guys try to get on the same page before the season opener.

"If we're not good in that area, then I'm not very good at all and the offence won't be good at all," Reynolds said of the o-line. "It goes hand in hand with keeping Hank (QB Henry Burris) up and opening up holes for me.

"We had a lot of continuity with (Jeff) Pilon and (Dimitri) Tsoumpas. And they were good players, too.

"We had great chemistry, and now it's a situation where we're trying to find that. Only game situations will tell if we're going to be good or not."

The Houston, Texas, product said it's impossible to put a timetable on how long it will take to build chemistry with his new line.

"It depends on how good the defence is that you're playing against," he said. "On the offensive line, if those five guys trust each other -- the sooner that can happen, the better off we'll be.

"In training camp, we've had a lot of different looks with a lot of different guys.

"This pre-season game will be a great test to see how well those guys gel together and who wants to step up to be the dominant guy."

Friday afternoon's practice marked the last of the two-a-day sessions at McMahon Stadium.

And Reynolds was happy to be done with them.

"No doubt about that," Reynolds said. "Two-a-days are good because it's a long off-season and you're happy to get back in football shape and knock the rust off. But I'm not sad to see them go."

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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