Glenn hypes ex-Bombers to Stampeders QB

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

CALGARY -- Henry Burris couldn't wait to pass on the news.

Not long after learning his squad had completed a blockbuster swap with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Calgary Stampeders gunslinger fired a text message to an old pal.

On the other end of the line, Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn provided a glowing endorsement of Romby Bryant and Arjei Franklin, his former Bombers teammates and Smilin' Hank's newest guns.

'Great players'

"I told him what had happened and he said, 'Man, I wish I could have had those guys out here, but you got two great players and you're going to enjoy them a lot,'" Burris recalled. "That just showed the type of special players we were getting. For him to say those type of words ... that really says a lot about those guys and what they bring to the table.

"He was like, 'Those guys are true professionals, they're playmakers and they're going to make your team better.'"

With pass-catchers Ken-Yon Rambo and Ryan Thelwell both sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Stamps shipped injured receiver Jabari Arthur, return specialist Titan Ryan and defensive end Odell Willis to Winnipeg in exchange for Bryant and Franklin in the Sept. 20 swap.

Glenn spent five seasons in a Blue Bombers uniform, teaming with Franklin for three campaigns and Bryant for one.

When Burris -- his mentor from a three-year stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- inquired about the newest Stamps, Glenn was happy to help out.

"He was just being a quarterback -- trying to find out more about the guys coming in that he was going to be able to throw to, trying to get an idea of how the guys are and what to expect," Glenn said. "I told him those two guys were good guys and I had fun playing with them. It's one of those things where I wish I was still playing with them, but things happen. (The Stamps) got two quality receivers in Romby and Arjei."

Both receivers made their debuts in Red & White last weekend in a 27-18 victory over the B.C. Lions, with Bryant racking up 38 yards on four catches while Franklin was held off the stats sheet.

With another week under their belts at McMahon Stadium, Franklin figures they'll only get better.

"We were just learning enough to get by in the first week," he said. "Now, we're starting to understand the offence on a whole and understand what we're trying to accomplish on every single play. Instead of just knowing your route, you know what the whole concept of the play is trying to do, and that just helps you with the way you read the defence and the way you run your route.

"I think the difference between Week 1 and Week 2 for Romby and I will be pretty big."

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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