Ticats' offence to be Thigpen's playpen?

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

HAMILTON You had to fight through a whole pile of negatives, but there was a positive in the gut-wrenching one-point loss the Hamilton Tigers Cats suffered Saturday afternoon at the hands of the visiting Calgary Stampeders.

It came in the form of kick-returner extraordinaire Marcus Thigpen, who two games into his Hamilton career already has three special-teams TDs.

And if the Ticats are serious about turning this season around, Thigpen might even supplant DeAndre Cobb as the starting tailback.

Marcel Bellefeuille wasnt about to assess Cobbs performance without going over the game tape, but the stats make a good case for at least giving Thigpen a bigger opportunity. Cobb carried the ball 13 times for a grand total of 37 yards on Saturday.

Thigpen, outside of his special-teams heroics, which included a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown, also scored a second major on a 33-yard pass-and-run play from Ticats QB Kevin Glenn.

Through two games as the Ticats starting tailback, Cobb is averaging 2.95 yards a carry.

Thigpen, no surprise here, is up for any additional work.

I definitely feel like they are going to work me into the offence and thats what I need to do, he said following the 23-22 loss to the Stamps. I can be a great asset on offence as well as special teams. The more I learn the better I will be able to perform.

Cobb, who ran for the fifth-highest rushing total in franchise history last season, doesnt appear to have the same jump this year for whatever reason maybe its just not enough touches or poor blocking from the o-line.

Thigpen, who was released by Saskatchewan in June allowing him to get home to Michigan in time for the birth of his third child, was picked up by the Ticats a day later and has not looked back since.

I feel like it all happened for a reason, he said of his early season move. I really feel at home here.


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