Browner still missed in Stamps secondary
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
CALGARY - The pre-game chatter was all about Dwight Anderson.
Saturday’s showdown served as a reminder that the cornerback the Calgary Stampeders really miss is Brandon Browner.
With a 6-foot-4 frame and impressive foot-speed, Browner was perhaps the only cover-guy in the CFL that could hold his own against Montreal Alouettes star slotback Jamel Richardson.
But Browner is now auditioning for the Seattle Seahawks, and all indications are he’s on his way to earning a job with the NFL squad, which left linebacker Brandon Isaac assigned to shadow the Alouettes’ 6-foot-3, 207 lb. pass-catcher in Saturday’s matinee at McMahon Stadium.
Isaac, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 201 lb., made an athletic knockdown on what would’ve been a first-down catch in the second quarter but was generally overmatched by Richardson on the day despite the 38-31 victory by the hometown team.
The three-time East Division all-star finished with eight receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Richardson will always get a few grabs, but he never seemed to get too many against Browner.
Alouettes DB Marc Estelle might want to stay away from this guy. In his last visit to McMahon Stadium, Estelle was steamrolled by Stamps SB Nik Lewis as the broad-shouldered receiver rumbled toward the endzone. After scooping up a fumble in Saturday’s game, Estelle was dragged down from behind by Lewis — for those wondering, it didn’t look like a horsecollar tackle from my vantage point — and limped away from the field with what appeared to be a severe knee injury … There’s obviously chemistry missing between Stamps QB Henry Burris and R Romby Bryant, who led the CFL with 15 receiving majors last season but has only one so far this summer … It’s great to see Alouettes LB Walter Spencer on the field. The special-teams ace was stabbed with a broken beer bottle outside a bar last September. He was fortunate to survive that incident and has dressed for every one of the club’s games this season.
Only in Calgary could you blame good weather for bad attendance. Where was everybody on this sunny Saturday afternoon? … He’s a record-setting quarterback, and Anthony Calvillo is a great guy, too. In the first quarter of Saturday’s game, Stamps DL Junior Turner lost his lid and Alouettes OL Josh Bourke booted the helmet away, but Calvillo scooped it up and returned it to the rookie … The Saskatchewan Roughriders are on a bye this week. You probably knew that, but if you see one of the melonheads that was wearing a Riders jersey to Saturday’s showdown between the Stamps and Alouettes, please pass on the message … Nobody in the CFL is harder to tackle than Lewis. And he had the stadium in stitches when he mimicked the antics of the always-chatty Anderson during Saturday’s game.
Saturday’s streaker could wake up with an uncomfortable rug burn after falling front-first onto the turf after deking a couple of security guards … Wouldn’t be surprised to eventually see Alouettes SB S.J. Green playing in the NFL … K Sandro DeAngelis would settle for just playing in the CFL again. He’s collecting a paycheque from the Alouettes but was benched for an eighth consecutive game as K Sean Whyte handles the special-teams duties … Speaking of kickers, Stamps K Rene Paredes is making a case for prolonged employment. K Rob Maver is recovering from a quad injury, but Paredes looked good nailing that 46-yarder in the fourth quarter against the Alouettes.