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September 7, 2018

PREVIEW: CGY @ EDM

They’re banged up, but ready for round two.

Calgary heads north this Saturday to take on the Edmonton Eskimos in a Labour Day Rematch at Commonwealth Stadium, after edging their provincial rivals 23-20 at McMahon Stadium Monday.

The plan is simple: Make the Eskimos work.

“We know they’re a big play offence,” said defensive back Brandon Smith. “If you limit their big plays you can make the game difficult for them.”

That means if the Stamps can stay in position to restrict the Eskimos’ offence, Smith likes their chances.

“A lot of times they make those big plays when the defence has done something wrong, and guys are running open,” Smith said.

“Not to take anything away (from the Eskimos) – when the ball is in there, they do a good job of going out and getting the ball. But a lot of times they’re running wide open with busted assignments, and busted coverages.”

While the defensive game-plan is rather clear, offensively both teams are going to look a little different than they did just days ago.

Both squads will play without star receivers, with the injury of Derel Walker and a season-ending knee injury suffered by Kamar Jorden.

“Kamar is getting surgery today,” said head coach Dave Dickenson at practice Thursday. “He’s got some major issues in his knee, so that’ll be his year.

“It’s very unfortunate, it’s football, but it’s just hard. You have to move on even though he’s one of your teammates and family.”

So, as the Stampeders’ motto goes, it’s the next man up.

“We’ve always felt that we have a deep corps,” said receivers coach Pete Costanza.

“We’ve got guys that are not playing that are starter caliber, so there’s no rally cry to pick up the slack or anything like that. They just have to go out, be themselves, and play their game that they can play and we’ll be fine.”

Enter Reggie Begelton – who will likely get the start.

“Reg is going to have a good game,” Costanza said. “We’ve felt all along Reggie could be in there starting, and now he’s got the opportunity to get out there and continue to play. I think he’ll produce for us, and we’ll get some catches and yards out of him.”

Also missing from the line-up for the upcoming tilt will be running back Don Jackson and defensive back Ciante Evans.

While there will be a number of changes to the roster that hits the field, the goal of winning won’t change.

“We do want to go up there – we only play Edmonton twice – and win the season series,” said Dickenson.

“It’s a big, big challenge; they’ll be ready for us. I think a lot of it is going to be mental, I think that both teams are going to be on fumes a bit, fighting, and hopefully we play well and we stay focused.”

The additions to this week’s 46-man roster are DB Adam Thibault, DB Troy Stoudermire, RB William Langlais, RB Romar Morris, LB Maleki Harris, and REC Reggie Begelton. The subtractions are DB Ciante Evans, RB Don Jackson, RB Charlie Power, OL Ucambre Williams, REC Kamar Jorden, and DL Michael Kashak.