Stamps ready for Ticats' speedster

Calgary Stampeders' Larry Taylor during practice at McMahon in preparation for their game against...

Calgary Stampeders' Larry Taylor during practice at McMahon in preparation for their game against the Hamilton Ticats. Monday August 6, 2012. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

CALGARY - The last time the Calgary Stampeders faced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Marcus Thigpen ran wild.

He scored a trio of touchdowns, including a 118-yard missed field-goal return.

At least the Red & White won't have to worry about Thigpen, who has since moved on to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

But now, there's another burner the Stamps have to worry about.

"They might have lost (Thigpen), but Chris Williams has been playing phenomenal," said Stamps defensive back Keon Raymond.

"Andy Fantuz has been coming along, not to mention how Henry (Burris) has been playing.

"We're going to have our hands full as a defence."

Williams doesn't have Usain Bolt's Olympic gold medal.

But the Tabbies speedster might be the CFL's fastest player.

No one needs to tell Raymond that Williams can run.

"He's pretty fast," Raymond said. "He can run, but we have some guys who can run, as well.

"We'll see how fast he is once we line up against him."

Williams has put on a drag show through the first five games, scoring three times through the air and another three times on kick returns.

He would have had another if not for a Leon Lett-esque brain cramp against the Montreal Alouettes where he was hot-dogging his way to the endzone and was tackled at the one-yard line.

Raymond said the Stamps will have a gameplan in place to deal with Williams.

"The biggest thing is trying to find a weakness," Raymond said. "That's why we watch film.

"He's going to be fast, and he's going to make plays. That's why they pay him.

"He's probably one of the top receivers in this league, but we have to limit those plays."

Raymond, who is coming off a groin injury, said the key will be to be physical with Williams and keep the 5-foot-9, 155-pounder guessing.

"He's a small guy, and you don't want to let those guys run a lot," Raymond said.

"If you play off of him and let him run, that's in his ballpark.

"We'll mix up the coverages on him and give him different looks."

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