Receiver factory

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET

When Thyron Anderson left for a brief stint in the NFL, he was part of a unique group of four 1,000-yard Montreal Alouettes receivers.

Upon his return, it appears there will once again be four Alouettes to crack the magical mark. It's almost like they didn't miss him at all.

"I'd be glad to see it happen again," said Anderson, who will suit up in his fourth CFL game in 2005 tonight when the Als face the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m.). "It brings more attention to our receiving corps. If we have four receivers do it again this year, it gives something to shoot for again next year."

After quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw for more than 6,000 yards in 2004, the receiving corps was torn apart a little bit.

Anderson bolted for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, Jeremaine Copeland signed in Calgary as a free agent and Kwame Cavil was dealt to Edmonton. Only Ben Cahoon remained from the Fantastic Four but even he missed four games this season with a broken wrist.

In their places stepped Canadian Dave Stala and imports Kerry Watkins and Terry Vaughn.

Calvillo is excited about what has happened.

"Missing Cahoon was a bit of a challenge but it gave other receivers an opportunity to get a bit of experience," the quarterback said. "Stala's just been amazing. He's a guy that's been moved around to all different positions all season long but been able to get open wherever he's been. Having Cahoon back allows us to go back to our bread and butter plays. I know where he's going to end up and he knows where I will throw the ball."

In Cahoon's first game back from injury, he caught seven passes for 113 yards and seemingly didn't miss a beat. But the 2002 and 2003 most outstanding Canadian said he isn't completely 100% yet.

"I'm still getting comfortable," Cahoon said. "It's good to be back. Hopefully, our receiving corps is a lot more stable the last few weeks and we get in a comfort zone with Anthony."

In 2004, the Als thrived because the receivers were mostly veterans who were comfortable with the quarterback.

Anderson just picked up the leftovers, which turned into more than 70 receptions. He sees a lot of the same things developing with the team as the season progresses.

"The corps we had the year before, we had a lot of chemistry together," Anderson said. "Now it's just a few new faces and AC is trying to get a feel for all of us together.

"Every game we've been improved. Once the playoffs come around -- and we will make the playoffs -- the team is going to be all right."


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