Stamps scouts simply browsing

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

They say the hardest person to shop for is someone who seemingly has everything.

Now you understand how the Calgary Stampeders scouting staff is feeling these days.

Like every other three-down football outfit, the Stamps have talent-evaluators scouring NFL training camps for soon-to-be castoffs.

These guys, though, are mostly browsing, maybe building a wish list for next season.

The Stamps are the owners of a 6-1 record, off to their best start in a decade as they enjoy their bye week.

Theyre sitting atop the CFLs West Division standings, a stunner for the so-called experts who predicted theyd be sitting at the bottom end.

And theyre coming off a historic thrashing of the Edmonton Eskimos, a 56-15 victory Sunday at McMahon Stadium that showed how dominant they can be when everything clicks.

Simply put, theres not a need for any quick fixes for the roster, especially among imports.

For the past several seasons, the Stamps have searched south of the border for potential kick returners, a job that is no longer up for grabs thanks to the emergence of speedster Deon Murphy.

Star quarterback Henry Burris remains the undisputed leader of the Stamps huddle, while backup Drew Tate has only strengthened his grip on the second-string job in a handful of cameo appearances so far this season.

Nik Lewis, who rarely passes up an opportunity to complain about past omissions from the all-star team, is making a case for some extra recognition, having already racked up 582 receiving yards and made five trips to the endzone.

Romby Bryant and Ken-Yon Rambo two guys who many figured would be fighting for the same job seem to have settled into their respective spots.

And two-time CFL rushing champion Joffrey Reynolds is running behind a sturdy offensive line that features Americans Ben Archibald and Edwin Harrison at the tackle positions.

You wont find many Help Wanted signs on the defensive side of the ball, either.

Thats what happens when your unit leads the eight-team league in several key statistical categories, including fewest points surrendered and fewest total yards against per game.

It wouldnt be a shock to see the Stamps brass audition a couple of pass-rushing prospects, challenging defensive ends Charleston Hughes and Tearrius George to make a bit more noise.

On the interior, DeVone Claybrooks and Tom Johnson have earned hefty praise for their performances so far this season. Ditto for linebackers Juwan Simpson, Malik Jackson and Keon Raymond.

All-stars Dwight Anderson and Brandon Browner are entrenched at the cornerback spots, while Milt Collins, Brandon Smith and newcomer Brandon Isaac are holding their own at halfback.

Thats not to say the Stamps wont bring any failed NFLers north for a look-see.

Head coach/GM John Hufnagel is rarely satisfied, and he knows the importance of constantly seeking new talent.

Why else would the Stamps refuse permission for the Eskimos to interview player personal director John Murphy for their vacant GM job?

Murphy is busy shopping. Question is, whats he in the market for?


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