Stamps' Sam watching from sidelines

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders offence will be a man short Sunday thanks to P.K.

So all eyes turn to J.J.

Receiver P.K. Sam, who was acquired in an off-season trade for Jeremaine Copeland, will sit out Sunday’s final pre-season outing against the Saskatchewan Roughriders due to a lingering hamstring injury.

It’s tough to win a starting job when you aren’t on the field, and the door opens for Jermaine Jackson to further prove he belongs with the starting offence.

“It’s been tough because the guy I was traded for was such a big part of this team,” said Sam. “I wanted to come in and prove myself and unfortunately injuries happen. It got me this year, so we’ll see how it goes July 1.”

Sam returned to practice Friday and ran through drills at about half speed. He will get two more practices before final cutdown Thursday.

With Sam sitting, Jackson has taken advantage of first-team reps and has shown great improvement over his rookie season when he had 12 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown in seven games, one as a starter.

“This is an opportunity for me because he’s down but you don’t want any of your teammates to get hurt,” Jackson said. “He’ll be back. He’s just learning the offence also so I’m happy to help him along with it.

“I’m still working hard whether he’s in there or not in there. I’m ready to play that position or any other in the offence.”

Jackson went home to Detroit this off-season determined to improve. The Saginaw Valley State product was playing arena ball for a couple of years before hooking up with the Stamps last season.

The 28-year-old knew he had a long way to go but feels he’s made up the ground.

“I didn’t know what the (team) was expecting of me but I know what I was expecting of myself,” Jackson said. “I was coming back ready to play a significant role in the offence. I worked hard at explosiveness, my speed and quickness so I could be better than I was last year.”


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