Stamps QB gives himself passing grade

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 AM ET

CALGARY - Henry Burris had plenty of reason to smile.

But after torching the two-time defending Grey Cup champions for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns through the air, the Calgary Stampeders quarterback was kicking himself for the few plays that got away.

“It was good — making some big plays and dealing with the adversity early on,” Burris said the day after orchestrating a 38-31 victory over the visiting Montreal Alouettes.

“But I wasn’t excited about my play as far as how I responded with the pressure. Even though there were times they got back there and put some licks on me, the times I thought I felt pressure, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was when I watched the film.

“I have to continually slow myself down, stay disciplined in my drops.”

Burris hit on 26 of his 42 pass attempts for 422 yards, but he was upset with himself for launching a few off-target throws against the Alouettes.

“Romby (Bryant) and I are money on a lot of our timing routes, and I missed a couple by trying to get the ball out of my hand as quickly as I could,” Burris said. “I have to stay patient with that. But that’s part of the growth process between me and the offensive line. That’s a great front four.”

Burris was particularly sharp on second down, when he was 10-for-16 for 192 yards, including five passes of 20-plus yards and a 21-yard scamper.

In typical Burris fashion, he chose to heap the praise on those around him rather than bask in the spotlight.

“When you have the playmakers I have around me and we’re on the same page, I just have to make my drops and make my throws,” he said.

“These guys made plays — whether it was Jabari (Arthur), Romby or Johnny Forzani. It didn’t matter who.

“The guys were doing a great job of getting into the holes and reading the defences.”

For the most part, the Stamps’ offensive line gave Burris the time he needed.

On Forzani’s first touchdown grab, Burris could have counted to 10 steamboats before floating a pass to the wide-open receiver.

“It was a crazy play,” Burris said. “You would have thought it was a Chinese fire-drill. People were just running all over the place. I had to buy a little time by shuffling to the left to allow him to get open.

“I think the toughest part was waiting for that ball to come down into his chest.”

Nik Lewis enjoyed his finest outing of the season, grabbing seven balls for 121 yards.

He also brought the crowd to its feet when he imitated former teammate Dwight Anderson, who was inexplicably celebrating a tackle after Lewis picked up a first down.

“Those two guys are hilarious,” Burris said, shaking his head. “I didn’t even see it until the film today. After I completed the pass, my head was down thinking what the next play call was. We all had a good laugh today.”

Lewis said he wasn’t going to be upstaged by the Als’ trash-talking defensive back.

“Not too many people bring me down one-on-one, so I guess it was exciting for him,” Lewis said. “I wanted to say, ‘Good hit.’ But he started celebrating, and I was like uh-uh.

“You can’t celebrate when the other team makes a first down.”

Extra points

Stamps head coach John Hufnagel reported only two injuries as a result of Saturday’s game. Linebacker Karl McCartney’s hamstring is bothering him again, while special-teamer Marc Calixte has a triceps injury and awaits an MRI.


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