CALGARY - Demetrice Morley admitted it was a bit like watching the replays from last spring.
With bonus footage.
Morley earned a full-time job with the Calgary Stampeders after picking off two passes in his first pre-season outing with the club, a feat duplicated by rookie halfback Fred Bennett in last week’s exhibition victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium.
“Oh no, I think he did better,” Morley said. “I got two, but (Bennett) actually got a third one in his hands and came down with it. Unfortunately, there was a penalty on the play, but I would still give it to him. I think he has better hands than me. We’ve got to work on that.”
Bennett, Morley and the rest of the Stampeders will make a brief business trip to Regina for Friday’s pre-season finale against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium (7 p.m., No TV, QR77).
It’s the final opportunity to impress John Hufnagel and his coaching staff before Saturday’s deadline to submit a final roster to CFL headquarters.
Bennett, 28, had stints with the NFL’s Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals but is still learning the nuances of three-down football.
And he’s not necessarily satisfied that two interceptions — plus one defensive tackle — against the Eskimos will guarantee an extended stay in the Stampede City.
“It was the first time in my career that I’ve ever done that, so it was a real good feeling, but I had to enjoy that moment that night and then move on from it,” Bennett said.
“You can’t really stay in that moment — you have to move on from it and just try to get better than what you were. That’s my main goal is to be better than last week.”
That won’t be easy.
A year removed from his two-pick performance in the pre-season, Morley is now pencilled in atop the Stamps’ depth chart at the coverage linebacker position. He made his audition count and hasn’t looked back since.
“I think it was big for the coaches to see that I can make plays and have play-making ability,” Morley said.
“Other than that, everything else you’ve got to leave up to them. They know talent when they see it.”
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