Reynolds in rush to rattle Riders

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

CALGARY -- Joffrey Reynolds is a ticking time bomb.

And if history and the law of probability can be used as a guide, fans of the Green Riders may want to take cover.

The Calgary Stampeders’ all-time leading rusher has been held to 60 yards or less in the last four games.

It’s the second time in Reynold’s spectacular career he’s been snubbed for an entire month.

And the 2008 four-game slump was book-ended by 100-yard plus outings.

“I’m ready to get more looks and get into the rhythm of the offence,” Reynolds said, looking ahead to Sunday’s clash in Regina (2 p.m., TSN).

“The last few games, we didn’t make much of an effort to run the ball.”

Reynolds’ recent drought isn’t the result of inferior play or injury. But after falling behind the Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions, the running game was largely abandoned.

The 30-year-old has picked up just 128 yards over the past four contests, the lowest output for a quartet of games in his CFL career.

“You look (at the scoreboard) and say, ‘oh, we’re down by 15 ... now we’re down by 22 ... I’m probably going to be running a lot of pass routes and picking up blitzes the whole night,” Reynolds said.

“But for us, the running game has been a big part of our success.”

Reynolds was held to less than 60 yards in each of the first three games of the 2009 campaign.

He responded by sprinting for a league-high nine 100-plus performances over the final 15 outings.

Stamps quarterback Henry Burris would certainly benefit from a more balanced attack against the Roughriders.

Getting Reynolds and fellow running back Jon Cornish involved early and often, he said, will be a priority.

“Our offence is at its best when we have that mixture going,” Burris said. “If there’s any week we need to get it going, it’s definitely this week.”

Reynolds, who lit up the Riders for 112, 137 and 107 yards last season, has eclipsed the century mark just twice in 2010.

Of course, having success along the ground in Sunday’s first-place battle also has the added benefit of keeping the Riders’ weapons on the sidelines.

“First of all, you want to quiet the crowd down,” Reynolds said.

“But more importantly, for us, we want to get into a continuity of moving the chains and keeping their offence off the field.”

Reynolds needs just 21 yards to hit the 1,000 mark for the sixth straight season.

“I don’t even know where I’m at yardage-wise,” he said.

“I look to come out and have a good game every week ... But, yeah, I’m looking to get it.”

Reynolds and the Stamps blamed a lack of emotion for Monday’s Thanksgiving Day meltdown in Montreal.

That, he insisted, will not be an issue Sunday at a hostile Mosaic Stadium.

“How could it be?” Reynolds said with a broad smile.

“If it is, the fans will create it for you.”


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