Stampeders receivers vow to bounce back after two games without a touchdown

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Reggie Begelton called it “embarrassing”.

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Richard Sindani used the word “frustrating”.

Calgary Stampeders receivers weren’t happy with their collective performance against the Ottawa Redblacks last Friday.

For the second game in a row, they did not score a touchdown. They also combined for just 149 yards through the air against Ottawa.

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Defense, special teams and a terrific performance from running back Dedrick Mills helped the Stamps to a 17-3 win over the lowly Redblacks. But with the top-flight BC Lions traveling to Calgary for a crucial West Division game on Saturday (5 p.m., TSN/770 CHQR)receivers know they have to be better.

“Terrible, it was terribly terrible,” Begelton said of the game against the Redblacks. “We haven’t scored for two games. We haven’t scored a touchdown in two games. It is not satisfactory. It’s embarassing.

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“It’s the kind of thing that should set your ass on fire and make you say, ‘What’s wrong? What are we doing here that’s not working? ”

There’s a lot of work for the Stampeders this season. They are 5-2 and their only losses have come against the powerhouse and undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-0) in games where the Stamps gave as much as they got.

A tough outing against the Reds and Blacks (1-7) shouldn’t cause anyone to suddenly dismiss the Stamps receiving corps. The team scores the second most points per game in the CFL and also has the second most net yards in the league. The running game is a big part of that, but the passing game has also done its part.

They just weren’t happy with the way they played against the Rouge et Noir.

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“Honestly, last game, I didn’t even think we were that assignment sound,” Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson said. “It was a difficult game. I would like point guards to make plays. Skills need to increase and when it comes to a one-on-one offensive battle you want to earn your share and that’s what we need to do.

“I think the guys are working hard, but we have to stand up in these individual battles and win them.”

If he's able to recover from a quadruple injury in time and play Saturday, the presence of receiver Malik Henry would give the Stampeders a major boost.
If he’s able to recover from a quadruple injury in time and play Saturday, the presence of receiver Malik Henry would give the Stampeders a major boost. Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia

If the Stamps receivers were to rebound, it would be ideal if they did so immediately. While he’s not offensive to stop Nathan Rourke and a jaw-dropping Lions offense, it’s safe to assume the visitors from Vancouver, who sport a 6-1 record, will score at least a few points on Saturday.

The Stamps will have to match the production of the Lions when the offense is on the field.

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A performance like the one they put in against the Redblacks won’t be enough.

“It’s not Stampeder football, we didn’t score a touchdown,” Sindani said. “When we spoke with (Dickenson) after that, to be honest, that’s not how our offense is run. We are definitely looking to bounce back.

“Never let your opponent see you bleed and such but this team, they’re good, they’re really good, but we’re not going to give them too much praise until they come here and we are playing. They have to see us first, they have to see us at McMahon.

One thing that could help the Stampeders is if Malik Henry can recover from a quadruple injury in time for this weekend’s game. Henry is the Stamps’ leading receiver and was limited against the Redblacks.

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He did not participate in Tuesday’s practice, but was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s closed practice on the Stamps’ injury report. His presence alone would provide a major boost, although Shawn Bane has been neck and neck with Henry for the wide receiver position throughout training camp and could certainly do the job if not. not available.

Somehow, the Stamps receivers aren’t happy with the way they played against the Redblacks and they swear they’re better.

“You can only keep playing and everyone has to buy in,” Begelton said. “It’s one of those things where you can’t figure out what the exact problem is, maybe, but you just have to come together and trust that the guys next to you will do their job.”

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