Stamps down to three QBs

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

CALGARY - Brad Sinopoli is trying not to get too excited about the transaction the Calgary Stampeders made Saturday.

Sure, there are now only three quarterbacks left in training camp and he’s one of them, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be earning a CFL paycheque all season.

“I could still be released any time,” Sinopoli said. “They could bring in someone else tomorrow.

“I have to do what I do every day. I have to work hard and get better each day because that could just as easily happen to me.”

However, with Steve Gachette getting released by the club, Sinopoli’s chances of becoming the third-string quarterback when the season starts definitely increased.

Head coach John Hufnagel left the door open that the team might bring in another pivot to compete with Sinopoli, but he confirmed only Henry Burris, Drew Tate and the University of Ottawa product will play in next Friday’s pre-season game in Edmonton.

Neither Gachette nor Sinopoli lit it up in Wednesday’s pre-season loss to the B.C. Lions, but Sinopoli did move the sticks a bit more.

Gachette looked a little overwhelmed by the speed of play. He went 1-of-3 passing for minus-3 yards while rushing twice for 22 yards. Sinopoli went 5-of-11 passing for 33 yards.

The move isn’t really a surprise outside of the timing.

Sinopoli still has college eligibility left and could return for another year of CIS football if the Stamps thought that would help his development.

He loses that chance if he suits up in the CFL, but he’s focused on getting the third-string job.

“I have this opportunity so I don’t know if I will have another one after this,” the 23-year-old said. “I have to take this as seriously as I can.

“If it didn’t work out, then I would go back and play my last year out and finish my schooling. I don’t have my degree yet. If it works out, then I will be here.”

The reality of the situation is if the Stamps did find another pivot and tried to make Sinopoli a practice-roster player, he might have to decline.

He needs this time in the summer to make some money to help pay for his school. That wouldn’t happen if he was on scholarship at an American college.

Right now, he doesn’t have to make that choice, but Gachette’s sudden release was an eye-opener for him.

“When it happens to someone you get close with, then you realize it’s really a business,” Sinopoli said. “Guys come and go, and you have to deal with it.

“We talked about it a lot. He was my (dorm) roommate. We would walk over (to the stadium) and talk about how tough it is to be a rookie and all the stuff you have to overcome.

“Neither of us had an idea who would get let go or whether they would keep both of us around. We talked about it every day.”


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