Stampeders QB Drew Tate ready to play

Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate speaks to the media after a walkthrough at McMahon Stadium in...

Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate speaks to the media after a walkthrough at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., Oct. 22, 2012. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

CALGARY - The last two games on the schedule might not mean anything to the Calgary Stampeders.

At least as far as the standings go.

But they mean plenty to quarterbacks Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn.

Tate was injured in Week 2 in Toronto and, after spending 14 weeks recovering from shoulder surgery, is now determined to reclaim his starting gig with the Stamps.

He was asked if the final two games of the season — Friday against the visiting B.C. Lions (7 p.m., TSN, AM770) and the following week in Edmonton — were an audition of sorts for the West Semifinal.

“I would think so,” Tate said. “I would hope so.”

Head coach John Hufnagel said he has an idea of how he will handle the quarterback shuffle, but wasn’t willing to share it with the media.

“I’ve talked to the quarterbacks and came up with a preliminary plan,” Hufnagel said.

“We’ll see how things go in practice and finalize it before we play the game.”

As far as Tate is concerned, he’s still the starter. He plans on proving that to the coaching staff over the last two games.

And he made it clear he would prefer to get the lion’s share of the snaps against the Lions and Eskimos.

“I need a lot of gametime,” he said. “It’s been 14 weeks. I’d say I’d need probably 60 minutes.”

Sixty minutes in each game?

“I’d like to play every snap I’m available to play.”

Glenn, who has guided the team to a 9-5 record as the starter and nailed down a home playoff date in the process, wasn’t about to throw a tantrum when he learned Tate was returning.

“It’s a team sport,” Glenn said. “Whatever we have to do to win and get better, I’m all for it. I’m a team guy.

“If Drew’s going to get some snaps, then Drew’s going to get some snaps.

“You don’t have to worry about me being a selfish guy. I’m a team player and I understand the reasoning for it.”

With the Stamps playing out the regular season with what amounts to a pair of exhibition games, it gives the coaching staff a chance to see what Tate is capable of.

Glenn said he understands.

“You’ve got to have two quarterbacks, sometimes three,” Glenn said. “You never know what can happen, especially going into the playoffs.

“Drew started out as the starter and now he’s back healthy and (the coaches) want to see if he can get back in there and play.”

Glenn was part of an awkward timeshare in the huddle when he played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It seemed no one, including Glenn and fellow pivot Quinton Porter, knew where they stood.

“The biggest thing is knowing what’s going on beforehand,” Glenn said. “A lot of times, as athletes and as players, we just want to know what’s going on.

“We don’t want to be left in the dark where we have to hear stuff from the media. Not knowing what’s going on is something that players, and I’ll speak for myself, don’t like.

“Knowing what’s going on can put you in a better situation.”

Tate said he feels physically prepared and just needs some game action to knock the rust off.

“It feels pretty good,” the 28-year-old said. “I have to make sure I know my assignments, because the mindset these last 14 weeks hasn’t been on game-planning.

“I just have to be sharp and know what I’m doing and execute.

“All I have to do is move the chains, do my job.”

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca

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