Stampeders looking to shore up depth on defence

Demonte Bolden in action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in November of 2012. Bolden and Micah...

Demonte Bolden in action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in November of 2012. Bolden and Micah Johnson were two players who went down with injuries late in the regular season last year, forcing the Calgary Stampeders to go to their depth and it didn't work. The Stamps focused on depth this off season. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

Scott Mitchell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

CALGARY - The old football adage that you can never have too much depth was on full display last November.

 After the Calgary Stampeders walked into BC Place in a meaningless regular-season finale and watched starting defensive tackles Demonte’ Bolden and Micah Johnson go down with season-ending knee injuries in less than an hour, it forced the coaching staff into mix-and-match mode heading into the most-important game of the season two weeks later.

It didn’t go well.

A makeshift interior allowed the Saskatchewan Roughriders to rumble for 256 yards on the ground — it was far from the only reason they lost that football game as the Stamps also turned the ball over seven times, but it sure didn’t help — and the off-season was underway in the blink of an eye after a 35-13 CFL West final defeat.

Fast forward seven months, and the Stamps have gone from patchwork to filled with punch at defensive tackle.

 


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