CALGARY — He’s not celebrating a birthday like Cory Boyd did last week, but Joffrey Reynolds is looking to follow in his footsteps against the Edmonton Eskimos tonight.
The Calgary Stampeders running back has to be licking his chops in anticipation after watching Boyd rush for 164 yards and score three touchdowns on his 25th birthday last week.
Except Reynolds doesn’t often see those kinds of numbers against the Eskimos, who have held him to 1,105 yards on 200 career carries — the fewest of any team in the league.
“That’s funny, because a lot of times a player has a good game against a team and the next game that team will put a lot of emphasis on (stopping the run),” said Reynolds, who would gladly trade big statistics for a big record. “At 5-1, we’re at the top of the West. Any team would want to be at the top of the division.”
With the way the Stampeders’ offence is currently clicking, Reynolds said he is happy to be able to contribute to their success.
“Everybody is seeing the ball and doing well,” he said, adding Boyd’s production last week doesn’t change anything. “Every week you’re trying to maximize what you can get.”
The Eskimos say there is no secret to stopping Reynolds in the past, although they’re having trouble having the same success against other opposing rushers so far this season.
“When you look at the film and you look at our miscues, it’s fundamental things. It’s about taking care of gaps,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall.
“When you line up in your base front to front and they gas you for 45 yards and a touchdown, that has nothing to do with scheming. That’s about getting your butt where you’re supposed to be and being physical at the point of attack.
“So that’s what we have to do. You can scheme all this stuff … eventually you’ve still got to get in your gap.
“It’s just a matter of who’s going to be there.”