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IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

CALGARY - A little more than two weeks ago, Rene Paredes left Winnipeg thinking he would spend his summer in a Montreal print shop.

He returns to the Manitoba capital Wednesday as the CFL special teams player of the week.

Since signing with the Calgary Stampeders to replace the injured Rob Maver July 4, the Concordia product has gone through a whirlwind.

Paredes spent training camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but was released after the pre-season.

Now it’s only fitting Paredes will suit up for his second CFL game in the Manitoba capital, as the Stamps take on the Bombers Thursday (7 p.m., TSN).

“They brought me in to give Justin (Palardy) a challenge,” Paredes said about his sophomore competition. “They decided they would go with him early in camp.

“I didn’t get down. I kept my head up. It was a great experience. I knew I could go back to school one more year. If I got a call from another team I knew what to expect.”

Instead of going back to Concordia for his senior season, Paredes got a call for a tryout in Calgary.

While getting ready to fly out of his hometown of Montreal July 2, the 26-year-old called his boss at the print shop where he works at John Abbott College. He said he wouldn’t be in Monday and might not come back for a while.

After his debut Friday against the B.C. Lions, it looks like the Stamps have a keeper.

Paredes showed steely nerves in booting a 50-yard field-goal in the fourth quarter, plus he also showed good form in tackling Lions returner Tim Brown on the opening kickoff.

“I went through his legs and gave him a pretty big cut,” Paredes said. “He’s a big guy, so there was no way I would get him any other way. It was my only option. It’s the only thing I could come up with.”

During special teams meetings Tuesday, Paredes’ tackle drew a hurrah from teammates when it was shown in the film session. The play couldn’t have worked out better, said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

“I wanted to get him into the game because I wasn’t sure how soon a field-goal attempt would be required,” Hufnagel said.

“I thought at least if I got him into the game right from the start it would help the nerves. He got into it quickly.”

With Maver put on the nine-game injured list with a quad injury, Paredes has the job until early September at least.

The rookie has shown to be cool under pressure ever since arriving in Calgary, although he says he does a good job of hiding his anxiety.

“I always get butterflies before the game. Now that

I have that game under my belt, I feel pretty good. After kicking off and making the tackle, I settled down.

“It’s been crazy the last two weeks.”

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