Stamps' Jones looking to take bigger slice of the pie

Brett Jones calling the line signals at training camp on Thursday at McMahon Stadium. Jones is...

Brett Jones calling the line signals at training camp on Thursday at McMahon Stadium. Jones is expected to take a larger role this year due to the exodus of players over the winter. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

Scott Mitchell, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

CALGARY - Brett Jones knows a thing or two about how to approach a rookie season.

After all, the Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman was deemed to be the best of the CFL freshman pack in 2013, taking home top rookie honours after starting every single game — 17 at centre and one at left guard — in the middle of one of the league’s top units.

But now, in addition to anchoring the Stamps offensive line in his sophomore season, Jones is expected to take on more of a leadership role in the wake of an interior O-line exodus over the off-season.

Veteran right guard Dimitri Tsoumpas was forced into retirement after a mid-season concussion, while left guard Jon Gott, who would have been the Stamps most-tenured lineman heading into his sixth CFL season, was shipped to the Ottawa RedBlacks in a draft-day trade which netted them the first-overall pick and the right to select Laval offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu.

 


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