Stamps backup up there in TD tosses

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Drew Tate claims to know nothing about the numbers, and instead focuses on making the most of his chances.

Well, doing the latter is making the former look impressive.

There are five CFL quarterbacks who have thrown at least one touchdown pass in the past four games. The Stamps have two of them.

While Henry Burris is having one of those MVP-type seasons, his understudy has given the team production when he gets into games.

It just so happens Tate threw his first career TD pass Aug. 7 in B.C. and has connected for one each outing since then.

"The only reason it's possible is the offence scored so many points and the defence shut them out the whole game," Tate said. "It makes it easier for guys like me to get in there and get reps."

The Stamps have blown out the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions the past four games, and only Tate's first one was a crucial toss -- it went to fullback Rob Cote.

In the past two meetings with the Eskimos, Tate has thrown late scores to make the outcome even uglier as Burris took a seat. He's not running up the score -- rather, he's trying to improve.

"Whether it's me or another position, when you do get to play, regardless of the score, you want to do something to stand out," said Tate, who has a maximum 158.3 passer rating.

"This is your time to compete. I don't think we were running the score up and hope the opposition doesn't either. I hope they respect that guys that don't play much want to do something.

"Just because your backup is in, you don't want the offence to slow down."

The fact Tate has made his contribution actually means Burris' numbers could be even greater. If Burris had all the TD throws this season, he would be on pace for a league-record 50.

"I'm a team guy," Burris said. "I will take the break any day. I like seeing him in there with the starters. We could have a situation like Montreal.

"Anything can happen and he might be needed. If so, this time he's been given will give the guys confidence in his abilities. We're confident he can make things happen for us."


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