Obviously Henry Burris has big expectations of P.K. Sam.
While Sam was chatting following Tuesday’s practice, the Stampeders quarterback said he planned to throw so many passes his way “his hands will have blisters.”
That is, when Sam finally sees some action.
The pass-catcher took a big step by partaking fully in Tuesday’s practice. In fact, he was taking first-team reps instead of Jermaine Jackson.
“We’ll see what the coaches say, but I’m like a little kid the day before Christmas,” Sam said.
Having been acquired from Toronto for proven veteran Jeremaine Copeland, Sam has yet to give the club a glimpse of his abilities. He missed nearly all of training camp and the season-opener, first due to illness and then because of a hamstring injury.
“When you’re traded, it’s the first time for me, you want to show what you can do. It’s been tough (with the injury) but, hopefully, I’ll get my chance,” Sam said.
The 6-foot-4, 220-lb. receiver added some levity to the session by kicking a wind-aided 30-yard field goal, although it was hardly a textbook boot.
Sam, who had 63 receptions for 884 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons with the Argos, is one of many receivers who’ll be in the spotlight over the coming days.
Fellow import Ken-Yon Rambo, the 2008 CFL receiving champ who has been out nearly a year due to a knee injury, is on the verge of returning to action, although it looks doubtful he’ll face Hamilton or Toronto on this trip.
Also still on the shelf but nearing a return is non-import pass-catcher Ryan Thelwell, whose return from a torn Achilles has been delayed by a sprained ankle.
Thelwell’s injury meant star running back Joffrey Reynolds wasn’t in as many plays against Toronto as the club would like due to the import ratio. One plan of attack to change that may be to use Rob Cote as a receiver instead of just a fullback.
Cote was very active in practice, and received a chorus of cheers when he made a leaping, one-handed grab.
“The guys like to make some noise if you give them a reason,” Cote said. “If he puts it out there, it’s my job to get it. Lucky, I was able to pull it down.”
Cote would love to receive more opportunity. Under former offensive co-ordinator George Cortez, fullbacks were referred to as “full guards” because they were almost exclusively used as blockers.
“I’m trying to do as many things in the offence to help us out, in any way and as many ways as I can,” Cote said. “Whenever I’m given the opportunity to get out of the backfield and run around a bit, I want to show what I can do.
“It’s fun to have a bunch of packages where we’re doing different things. Variety is the spice of life.”