CALGARY - Joffrey Reynolds has taken plenty of handoffs in his storied CFL career, so he didn’t mind being the one passing it off.
When Reynolds waved fellow Calgary Stampeders rusher Jon Cornish back onto the field late in Saturday’s 32-20 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, it showed he’s not really about the numbers.
As much as there is a hue and cry to get the 32-year-old running back the ball, Reynolds isn’t worried about hogging all the action.
The ball was going to the running back on the play-call, and Cornish completed the three-yard touchdown run to help seal the win.
“Honestly, I feel like I have a lot more football to play,” Reynolds said after Monday’s practice. “The numbers aren’t great, but I will get my opportunities. I’m fine with that.
“I know my rushing yards are down, but I totally feel — if allowed — I can have monster games and get back in the race.
“It’s always good when you are 4-2 and winning. Stats don’t matter at that point.”
At the time, Reynolds was still stung by getting his face mashed into the McMahon Stadium turf.
But he also doesn’t need another major to validate his career.
Since joining the Stamps in 2004, Reynolds hasn’t missed a single start due to injury, which says something about his amazing healing ability.
In the locker-room after the win, the Texan’s forehead and eye were swollen and red, but he was fine Monday at practice as if nothing happened.
It’s the durability that makes people wonder why the Stamps aren’t using him more.
Through six games this season, Reynolds has 55 carries. Over a full season, that would work out to 165, which would be a huge dropoff from his career low for a full season (214 in 2007).
Cornish’s emergence over the last season-and-a-half has meant less action for Reynolds, and their rotation seems much more random this year than it was a year ago.
Instead of getting every third series, Cornish will instead take Reynolds off in the middle of drives. Against the Ticats, Cornish was actually on the field for the opening offensive play.
Combined, Reynolds and Cornish are producing results, as they had a 151 yards from scrimmage between them in the victory over the Tiger-Cats.
“It’s the best of both worlds for us,” Cornish said. “I could have played another football game (after the win).
“We both could do another 60 minutes. The rotation is working well.”
For the first time ever, Reynolds is on pace to miss out on a 1,000-yard season. He just passed the 9,000-yard mark for his career and needs just six yards to catch Stamps legend Norm Kwong for seventh on the CFL’s all-time list.
There might not be a sprint past Kwong, Kelvin Anderson for sixth spot (9,340) or the 10,000-yard barrier, but Reynolds doesn’t feel like he’s running out of gas.
The rotation helps ease the burden on the legs.
“I feel explosive,” Reynolds said. “Some plays when you are running pass routes, it does take up energy.
“When Jon goes out there, I’m able to stay winded. When I get out there, I’m able to maximize myself. I feel really good, and it’s been working out well.”