When it comes to one-two punches, Milt Stegall and Derick Armstrong might have the rest of the CFL beat.
The Winnipeg Blue Bomber receivers will line up next to each other on the short side of the field this season, but they plan to produce some tall numbers. This is the time of year when every team believes they have the best receiving corps, and the Bombers are no different.
"A lot of people are talking about other receiving corps, but I put our receiving corps up against anybody in this league," Stegall said. "They can brag all they want. We don't need to brag.
"You can talk about it, but if you don't do anything on the field, that means nothing. I've heard some teams talking, but we're not going to talk.
"We're just going to go out there and hopefully put up some big numbers, and that'll talk for you."
The Bombers haven't had two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season since 2002, when Stegall and Arland Bruce III accomplished the feat. If Stegall and Armstrong stay healthy, there's a good chance they'll both be members of the K Club in 2007.
Armstrong was a 1,000-yard receiver with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2002, and he spent the next three seasons in the NFL. Bombers GM Brendan Taman coaxed him to sign in Winnipeg last September, and he had 302 receiving yards in five starts, which works out to almost 1,100 yards over an 18-game schedule.
Stegall is looking forward to having the 6-foot-2 Armstrong lining up beside him all season, and quarterback Kevin Glenn is too.
"Robert Gordon and myself, we had a little bit going on over there (on the short side)," Stegall said. "But what Derick and I can do, if we stay healthy and we do the things we need to do, we could do some big things.
Armstrong, whom Stegall calls Big Country because he has a ranch back in Texas, has assumed the role of pupil in training camp, soaking up as much as he can from arguably the greatest pass catcher in CFL history.
"He's very helpful, and I'm learning a little bit more and understanding the way he plays, and he understands the way I'm playing," Armstrong said. "It's going to be a great year for us, and we're looking forward to that challenge."
Stegall likes what his apprentice, who is 10 years his junior, can do on the football field.
"He's something special," Stegall said. "You look at him and you think he should be able to jump and run by folks, but he jumps and he runs fast enough to make plays. I don't know how.
"He's a lot bigger than I thought he was. You put a small guy on him, and he's just able to shield those guys away. Kevin knows that if he's in trouble, just throw the ball up to him, and nine times out of 10 he's going to make that catch."
Armstrong didn't reveal much else yesterday until he was asked if there was anything else he wanted to add.
"We're going to be real good," he said with a twinkle in his eye. "We're going to be real good."