Star-studded start to Stamps camp

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

CALGARY - Rookie camp is all about getting to know the three-down game, getting to know the playbook and getting to know your could-be teammates.

Not everybody at the Calgary Stampeders’ opening session needed an introduction, though.

“It was pretty sweet catching a pass from Henry Burris,” beamed running back Matt Walter, the Calgary Dinos workhorse who’s trying to earn a job with the Red & White.

“I caught one just on the edge there, and that was pretty cool. I was like, ‘This is legit.’ ”

Although main camp doesn’t open until Sunday, that didn’t stop several legitimate CFL stars from making an appearance during Thursday’s morning workout at McMahon Stadium.

Henry Burris and Drew Tate tossed the pigskin to pass-catching hopefuls.

Rob Cote ran drills with the ball-carriers.

Juwan Simpson, Milt Collins and Keon Raymond headlined a long list of seasoned defenders serving as offensive stand-ins or impromptu guest coaches.

“It’s nice to see,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. “It’s a team concept, and they know the best way for us to have a good football team is have the best players. If they can help young guys to learn the game quicker, it will make our team stronger.”


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