Samuels out for revenge

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

Stanford Samuels is still digesting his release from the Edmonton Eskimos.

Cut in the first week of training camp by Green and Gold head coach Danny Maciocia, Samuels has had five months to think about what went wrong.

And now he gets a shot at delivering the ultimate blow to his former team by being a part of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Esks and Bombers meet Saturday in the opening round of the CFL's East Division playoffs in Winnipeg (11 a.m. MT, TSN, CHED).

"This game means a lot," said Samuels on the semifinal tilt.

"You couldn't write a better script."

Indeed, having a chance to knock the Eskimos out of the post-season is perfect for Samuels. Nothing could be sweeter in the first round.

Current Eskimos defensive back Jason Goss knows Samuels is going to be primed and ready for Saturday's contest.

"He's going to be thrilled to play against his former team in the playoffs. The energy is going to be higher than it was when we played the two games in the regular season," said Goss.

"He's going to try to make plays, make himself known and heard out on the field."

As for his sudden release at training camp - which likely had to do with his comments to Maciocia on the release of friend Ron Warner - Samuels will deal with it later.

"In the off-season I will have an opportunity to get it out of my system," said Samuels.

The Winnipeg secondary isn't set in stone for Saturday's game with injuries possibly causing a shuffle, but it seems the four-year CFL veteran will see Maurice Mann.

"Maurice seems to be more of a complete receiver - a heady, smart player," he explained.

Mann had 420 receiving yards in seven games, which translates to 1,080 yards over a full 18-game schedule.

It should be a good match-up, with Mann holding a four-inch height advantage.


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