Stamps aim to corner 'Riders

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:58 PM ET

REGINA -- Weston Dressler just healed up from the most recent matchup with Dwight Anderson.

He's quite happy the Saskatchewan Roughriders don't face the overtly aggressive defensive back again in what has become their most heated rivalry.

Last year, when the Riders faced the Calgary Stampeders, Anderson and fellow defensive back Browner Browner got in the face of receivers Dressler and Andy Fantuz.

Anderson took that attitude with him to Montreal as a free agent, as was evident when gouged Dressler in the eye Sunday when the Riders beat the Alouettes.

TSN cameras caught Anderson in the act, giving fans a taste of some of the behind-the-scenes antics that go on away from the play.

"He's taken a few shots at my head during the first two games we played," Dressler said. "It's something the officials can miss being away from the ball carrier. It's easy to miss. I'm glad it showed up on TV."

Just because Anderson and Browner, who went to the NFL, have left the Stampeders doesn't mean defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones will change his style of play Saturday in Regina (7:30 p.m., TSN).

At least new Riders head coach Greg Marshall expects more of the same.

"Chris does a good job of giving you different pictures but running the same things," Marshall said. "He likes to mix and match personnel.

"They are doing similar things but maybe not the full-on blitz they did the previous years. They are still doing press-man coverage. They get in your face."

The Riders are now with Fantuz (Chicago Bears) as well, so Dressler becomes the focus of the Riders receiving corps.

It's a mantle he's comfortable with surrounded by young receivers.

Before the eye-gouge, Dressler got the best of Anderson on a 75-yard touchdown reception last week in Montreal, and that was a huge boost for the Riders.

The Stamps allowed two long touchdowns last week to Fred Stamps in losing to the Edmonton Eskimos, so there will be a focus for the visitors Saturday on cutting out the deep strikes.

Even without last year's CFL receiving yards leader Fantuz, the Riders do have a weapon that often hurts the Stamps.

Chris Getzlaf saves his best efforts for Calgary. The two 100-yard games he has in his career came against the Stamps.

"With them, it's almost like plug and play," said Stampeders defensive back Brandon Smith. "The receivers that are in those roles have potential of making big plays.

"The offence is designed for big plays. They take shots downfield and they have the receivers to go up and get the ball."

In the West final last November, Anderson and Browner both took penalties that hurt the Stamps, but they did a number of Fantuz especially.

Without them, Riders quarterback Darian Durant expects a different result.

"Those guys gave us a lot of problems last year," Durant said. "But they are playing great defensively now. They have lost two of their good DBs but they have guys who have replaced them and done a good job."

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