Ticats the focus, not Burris

Former Stamps QB Henry Burris has looked good since he headed east. Photo by Fred Thornhill/Reuters.

Former Stamps QB Henry Burris has looked good since he headed east. Photo by Fred Thornhill/Reuters.

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 PM ET

CALGARY - Henry, who?

Calgary Stampeders head coach/GM John Hufnagel isn’t worried about his former starting quarterback.

He’s worried about a road tilt against the hot Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Henry Burris has led the Ticats to three-straight wins after starting the season 0-2, but don’t think Huf is letting the circus get to him or his team.

“No, it’s not a distraction,” Hufnagel said after Sunday’s practice at McMahon Stadium. “He’s playing good football. Their team is playing good football. They’ve won their last three games, and they’ve scored a lot of points. It’s a big challenge for us, not only because it’s the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but also it’s Ivor Wynne Stadium.”

While Hufnagel is focusing on his to-do list of getting the stagnant running game going and limiting second-down conversions against, veteran Stamps know the 37-year-old Burris will be extra motivated and it’ll be a big storyline leading up to kickoff.

“He’s playing well, and he’s got those guys playing well,” Stamps DB Keon Raymond said. “We gotta make sure we contain him, first of all, and when he gives us the opportunity to make a play, we make it. I expect him to come out with a little fire, just because he’s played here for so long. He’ll come out with a little fire, and he’ll be ready to go against us, but if we get him out of rhythm early, I think we’ll be OK.”

Burris has hit on 69.7% of his passes through five games and leads the league with 15 touchdown tosses against only three interceptions.

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