As his new teammates were exiting the building after a short workday, Brian Bulcke was already getting deep into his new playbook.
The Calgary Stampeders play the B.C. Lions Saturday at McMahon Stadium and Bulcke expects to be running out of the tunnel with the Red & White, despite signing officially Sunday with the CFL club.
So despite getting requests from all media present for interviews Sunday, Bulcke, 24, ducked into a meeting with defensive coaches to get up to speed.
“I want to make sure I have zero (missed assignments),” the Canadian defensive tackle said. “That’s really important to me.”
The timing is perfect for Bulcke’s arrival. He was cut by the San Francisco 49ers at the end of NFL training camp and was waiting to see if any practice roster jobs opened up in the four-down football ranks.
They didn’t immediately, so the Windsor, Ont., native decided he wanted to play. The Stamps acquired his rights on draft-day in a trade with the Edmonton Eskimos, and he had an open invitation to join the team in Calgary.
The 2010 pick out of Stanford hasn’t played Canadian rules in about six years, but he feels he can jump right in with the Stamps depleted at the tackle spot.
Corey Mace is done for the year with an Achilles injury, while fellow offensive lineman J’Micheal Deane is hobbled with a rib problem, so there is a good chance Bulcke is going to play right away.
The Stampeders will lose Robert McCune for about a month with a knee injury. McCune, who was playing linebacker, will have the knee scoped to clean up damage suffered Friday in Edmonton ... DE Charleston Hughes (arm) and LB Brandon Isaac are both questionable this week. LB Daren Stone is ready to return from a hamstring injury and would play in place of Isaac, while DL Sam Scott would get the call for Hughes … R Jabari Arthur suffered a contusion on his thigh and is questionable as well.