Chambers Eskimos next Hervey?
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Shamawd Chambers, shown here on a broken passing play in Calgary during the pre-season, aspires to surpass Ed Hervey's numbers with the Eskimos. (QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - Shamawd Chambers just may be the next Ed Hervey.
Don’t believe it? Just ask the rookie receiver yourself.
Taken fourth overall in this year’s CFL draft, the Wilfred Laurier product didn’t let the first week of the 2012 season go by before letting the legendary ex-Edmonton Eskimos receiver know it, either.
“Me and Ed, we have a great relationship, which really helped me through training camp and stuff,” said Chambers, a 23-year-old Toronto native. “Everyone knows about Ed when you come to Edmonton. I want to be better than Ed and he wants me to be better than him, too.”
So after making a catch in practice leading up to last week’s season-opener, Chambers turned to the now-Eskimos head scout and let him know he was up to the task.
Of course, he still has 6,715 receiving yards on 476 receptions in 118 career games to go before catching up to the two-time all-star, who helped the Eskimos to a pair of Grey Cup championships.
And considering fellow non-import receiver Nate Coehoorn had to sit out much of his rookie season last year learning head coach Kavis Reed’s system before assuming a regular role in the game-day lineup, Chambers will likely have to wait before being able to let his actions do the talking.
In the meantime, Hervey could already be seen around the Eskimos locker-room this week with promises of not letting the young receiver off the hook all season long.