Stamps' Forzani trying to forget first drop

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

Johnny Forzani should’ve left McMahon Stadium with a keepsake from his first professional catch.

Instead, the rookie receiver might have a bruise on his chest where Stamps gunslinger Henry Burris hit him with a bullet in the first quarter of Thursday’s season-opener, a pass that Forzani just couldn’t quite squeeze.

“We completed that, like, five times in practice,” Forzani said, shaking his head. “You’ve gotta make plays, but you have to have a short memory. Everybody drops balls sometimes, it just happened to be my first play.

“I’m not worried about it.”

For the Stamps, who enjoyed a day off Saturday, the 30-16 Canada Day win over the Toronto Argonauts was highlighted by a handful of career firsts, such as Rob Maver’s first field goal and Karl McCartney’s first quarterback sack.

Forzani, however, is still seeking his first career catch.

He likely won’t be waiting for long.

“Trust me, he’s a special player and he’s someone that’s going to be very good in our offence,” Burris said at Friday’s rundown.

“I told him, ‘Keep your head up because I’m going to come back to you in many different situations.’

“He’s going to get the ball lots. With his ability to run with the ball and to catch and to do the things we know he’s capable of doing, he’s going to have a special role in this offence.”

Forzani was a surprise addition to the Stamps roster for Thursday’s battle with the Boatmen.

After missing a chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury, the son of Stamps legend Tom Forzani was stashed on the practice roster, but he was activated when receiver Ryan Thelwell was ruled out for the season-opener.

The 21-year-old admitted he was “a little shaky” at the beginning of the game, although he was mostly satisfied with his debut.

His coach seemed to agree.

“Johnny went out there and competed well. He didn’t come up with a catch that he should of, but for the most part, he knew what he was doing,” said Stamps boss John Hufnagel.

“It’s just step one of his career.”


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