New Stamps recruit comfy with QB
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - When a receiver joins the Calgary Stampeders, the first thing he learns is catching the Henry Burris fastball.
Anthony Parker has a head start on fielding Burris’ bullets.
The first-round draft pick has spent plenty of time throwing on the side with the star quarterback, but Burris said he hasn’t pulled out the 95 m.p.h. heater yet.
“I’m working on nothing but touch passes in the off-season,” Burris said with a laugh. “It’s coming.
“I told him the faster I get him the ball, the more I can do to keep him out of danger.”
The Stamps lost veteran Canadian receiver Ryan Thelwell to retirement this off-season, but they have taken a great step to replace him.
In trading up in the CFL entry draft, the Stamps took the top-rated receiver in Parker.
All the 21-year-old has to do is move over from the University of Calgary Dinos locker-room, so he should feel comfortable in camp.
And those hours spent working out with Burris should also help.
“He’s a great young receiver,” Burris said. “We threw even before he was a Stampeder. I’ve known him for about four or five years.
“It was stuff we talked about, but now, he’s living out the dream. Now here we are. To throw to a guy as explosive and as dangerous as he is, it’s going to be exciting.”
When camp opens June 5, 20 of the Canadians in camp will be Stampeders draft picks, which shows how important it is to stock the coffers that way.