Style suits Stampeders recruit

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

Shaun Richardson is still bending the binding on his Calgary Stampeders playbook.

So far, though, he likes what he sees.

“I like their style of defence. It fits me,” Richardson said. “It’s fast. They play fast — fast and aggressive. My type of style.”

The Stampeders signed the 25-year-old defensive lineman to their practice roster Monday morning, while also releasing non-import linebacker Mike Stadnyk.

Richardson spent one campaign with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and suited up for three games with the Edmonton Eskimos last season, registering one sack and seven tackles and getting a taste of the Battle of Alberta.

“Seeing how the tradition is and the rivalry, I wouldn’t mind stepping in there in a different jersey — a Calgary jersey,” he said.

Richardson has been hanging out in St. Louis, waiting for a phone call from a CFL or United League team. Apparently, the Stamps have been waiting, too.

“Shaun has been on our radar screen for a while and we finally had a chance to get him up here,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. “He’s an expolosive player. We liked him when he played against us with Edmonton, so it’s added depth to our defensive line position.”

Simpson A-OK

As expected, Stamps middle linebacker Juwan Simpson returned to practice Monday, showing no ill effects of a knee injury. Defensive backs Brandon Smith (personal) and Milt Collins (delayed flight) were also on the field after missing Sunday’s session ... Linebacker Mike Cornell (hamstring) is likely to miss Friday’s game against the B.C. Lions.

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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