Despite MOP nomination, Stamps feels he could do more

Edmonton Eskimos Fred Stamps gets under a pass ahead of Stampeders Brandon Smith during CFL action...

Edmonton Eskimos Fred Stamps gets under a pass ahead of Stampeders Brandon Smith during CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium Sept. 6. (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:45 PM ET

EDMONTON - Even at a fraction of his full, healthy self, Fred Stamps is the embodiment of the Edmonton Eskimos.

He ended up playing just five-sixths of the 2013 CFL season before being shut down on the nine-game injured list last Friday with a series of maladies piling up since suffering a bone bruise in his foot back in training camp.

But Stamps used the 15 games he played this season to amass a league-leading 1,259 receiving yards — 76 more than Montreal Alouettes receiver S.J. Green currently has in second place heading into the final week of the schedule.

“He’s really personified a pro, he’s personified what we mean when we say ‘Eskimo man,’ ” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “He’s come out and he’s worked very hard to continue to improve as a player.

“And when you say improvement and Fred Stamps, that’s almost oxymoronic.”


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