Stamps' Myddle man patient

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

When Steve Myddelton won the starting right-guard job, he knew there was a chance he could lose it no matter how he played.

So news that Dimitri Tsoumpas had returned to the Calgary Stampeders didn’t catch the rookie offensive lineman off-guard.

Myddelton will remain as the starter for Saturday’s meeting against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver but Tsoumpas will eventually take over.

And Myddelton is fine with that.

“I never thought too much about it,” said the 24-year-old St. Francis Xavier product. “I was psyched to get the starting spot in the first place.

“I’ve been going week to week, trying to get better. It’s been a lot of work so far.”

Tsoumpas left this off-season for an NFL tryout, leaving the job open for competition. Myddelton won it despite not having played any games last season and spending it entirely on the practice roster and injured list.

But Myddelton was able to watch and learn from Tsoumpas, who was a divisional all-star last season.

“Intensity and attention to detail,” Myddelton said about what he gleaned from Tsoumpas.

“Nobody can smash people quite like Tsoump can. I don’t have the stature he does. I’ve been trying to bring that to games. The other thing is his technique is really good.”

Being a backup to Tsoumpas could be a pointless job. In two seasons, the 24-year-old never missed a snap.

“It’s inner drive,” Myddelton said. “You can count on him play after play to make the big hits and make the other guy want to quit.”

Ellis released

With Dimitri Tsoumpas returning from the NFL, the Stamps needed to make some roster space, and it turned out a veteran had to go.

Sixth-year Stampeder Godfrey Ellis was handed his walking papers Tuesday. Ellis was a second-round draft pick in 2005 and he dressed for 72 games but he never emerged as a full-time starter in Calgary.

“It was a hard chat,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. “He’s disappointed obviously but it was a numbers game. It’s a game we all chose to play.”

Extra points

The Stamps officially signed QB Daryll Clark and released third-string pivot Cody Pickett ... With DL Justin Phillips (hamstring) out this week, the Stamps have signed former Roughriders DL Michael Stadnyk … DL Charleston Hughes (hamstring) sat out practice and is day-to-day. Tearrius George took his spot in the starting roster … DB Brandon Smith (groin) returned to practice after missing a week … Ticats R Arland Bruce was named offensive player of the week, while Eskimos DB Chris Thompson took home defensive honours. Riders R Andy Fantuz was named top Canadian and K Luca Congi is the special teams player of the week.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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