March 14, 2019


CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 20, 2018: The Calgary Stampeders lost 29-24 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium on Saturday. (Photo by Candice Ward/Calgary Stampeders)

All he needed was a chance.

And Markeith Ambles took advantage when the opportunity arose.

“Waiting might be tough for a lot of guys, I guess, but not for me. I’ve had my share of ups and downs so I’ve learned to be patient, to let life come to you and then, like I said, try to make the most of an opportunity when one arrives.”

With receivers dropping like flies, Ambles was thrust onto the field during a crucial late season run for the Stampeders. After getting his feet wet in a pair of wins against the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes, he began to show his true potential by picking up 24 catches for 237 yards and four touchdowns in the team’s final four games of the season. If you extrapolate those numbers over a full season, you’ve got a 1,000+ yard receiver with a whole lot of scores.


The 27-year old started off the year on the practice squad and continued to build on the skillset that the team initially liked when they inked him to a deal in the off-season. His ability to move around the field and play multiple receiver positions meant he was an extremely valuable depth piece.

“Markeith is a guy we’ve really liked since Florida, at our rookie camp at IMG,’’ says receivers coach Pete Costanza. “Just his skill set was impressive.

“He’s been really versatile for us. He’s played four of the five spots on the offence and done a really nice job learning those spots. When we had the injuries to K.J. and Reggie, we had to bounce him inside there.

“That’s probably the hardest spot to learn. That’s where Nik (Lewis) played and Marquay (McDaniel).

“But he’s building every week, getting better, understanding how to play in there.”

Heading into 2019, Ambles will be looking to build off of his strong finish in 2018 and breakout as one of the top wideouts in the CFL.

Check out some of our favourite Markeith Ambles photos from this past season!