Stamps rookie making opposition pay

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 PM ET

The seas parted for Eric Fraser and the path to the punter was wide open.

The biggest concern the Calgary Stampeders defensive back had was messing up the golden opportunity.

But, as with every step Fraser’s taken during his rookie season, the play worked out brilliantly.

In last week’s 27-24 defeat to the Toronto Argonauts, Fraser dropped punter Jamie Boreham for a loss after coming through on a rush.

“I’m just glad I made the tackle,” Fraser said.

“I’m glad he pulled it (and didn’t punt). It’s nerve-racking to come through and you have to make the block.

“You have to make the play. You don’t want to come free and slip and fall. It wouldn’t look too good on national TV.”

Later in the game, Fraser corralled returner Chad Owens as the speedster was attempting to hit the open field.

Fraser didn’t spend much time on special teams during his final collegiate season at Central Michigan, but he was named his team’s top special teamer during his freshman year.

The 23-year-old knew when he came in with the Stamps, he would need to make those plays on cover units.

“It was the same feeling I had when I went to college,” Fraser said. “You have to start at the bottom. When you come out of high school, you are a big shot going down there. You start at the bottom.

“After you build up, you come here and it’s back to the bottom of the totem pole. You have to start with special teams and make it known you can contribute.”

Arthur not ready yet

Newly signed Canadian receiver Jabari Arthur doesn’t expect to suit up Saturday against the Roughriders.

Arthur arrived a week ago and the team cleared space for him by releasing non-import receiver Ron Kelly, but the 27-year-old isn’t as comfortable with the offence as he would like to be.

Most likely Arthur would make his season debut next Saturday when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers come to McMahon Stadium. It just so happens the Bombers released Arthur more than a week ago.

Extra points

The Roughriders are switching punters this week, adding import Eddie Johnson and replacing sophomore Louie Sakoda, who had just a

26.6-yard average against

the Edmonton Eskimos last Saturday. Johnson spent last season with the Toronto Argonauts but was injured in Week 1 and lost his job to Justin Medlock … Canadian CB Donovan Alexander (hamstring) is out for the Riders and will

be replaced by Leron Mitchell.


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