Als receivers out to catch on and catch history

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 PM ET

One Montreal Alouettes receiver is on the brink of a historical record, while another one hopes to officially arrive in the CFL.

The fact that both are suiting up Friday speaks to the team’s depth at the position.

With leading receiver Kerry Watkins out due to a shoulder injury, the focus will be on fourth-year pass-catcher S.J. Green to take a bigger role.

But on the other side, slotback Ben Cahoon only needs seven catches to take the all-time receptions record from Terry Vaughn when the Als face the Calgary Stampeders Friday at McMahon Stadium (7 p.m., TSN).

“I won’t count my eggs until they hatch,” Cahoon said. “I’m hoping to make one catch, and when that happens, I will figure out the next one.

“I have my mind focused on getting open and catching a single ball, let alone five or six or seven or how many it is.”

There might not be much drop-off from Watkins to Green.

In limited action this season, Green has performed admirably. He has 39 catches for 617 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

“Physically, he’s able to go out there and beat up some DBs,” said quarterback Anthony Calvillo about the 6-foot-2, 216-lb. Green. “A lot of times we just drop back and throw the ball up to him. He has about four touchdowns that way this year.”

The most impressive catch was in the season-opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as his one-handed stretch overtime reception at the back of the endzone was a thing of beauty.

“He’s made some amazing plays over and over, and he does it consistently,” Cahoon said. “He’s so acrobatic in the air with making adjustments to the ball. He’s made a big difference with game-defining catches. He’s added another dimension to our offence. Defences have to key on him. He’s taken his game to another level this year.”

Green is excited to face the Stamps, a team he’s never played against despite playing 25 regular-season games over four seasons.

“I won’t say this is overdue because you can’t put a timeline on it,” said the 25-year-old South Florida product. “I’ve worked hard for this, and I feel I’ve earned this opportunity.”

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