Eskimos receiver Stafford took 3 swings during Montreal before anticipating home
August 17, 2018 - Finding Carter
Kenny Stafford can’t demeanour forward to Saturday’s diversion opposite a Montreal Alouettes yet saying into his past.
Whether he wants to or not.
The Edmonton Eskimos receiver has thrice been a partial of La Belle Province’s Canadian Football League club, yet all 3 stops were possibly less-than noted or something he would rather forget entirely.
“Montreal hasn’t been too good to me in my career,” pronounced Stafford, 28. “In 2013, we played one diversion in a Arena League and got sealed to Montreal. In training camp, we had a 75-yard touchdown in a initial pre-season game, got expelled after a game.”
He returned a second time to play out a 2014 season, usually to turn a Alouettes’ grant in a Fred Stamps trade with Edmonton.
“I got a lot of feverishness for that even yet we didn’t know we was removing traded,” Stafford pronounced of a prior Eskimos fan-favourite receiver. “I told people, ‘Give me a possibility before we burst to conclusions. Just give me a opportunity.’ And we never looked behind from there.
“It was a good feeling. (Former Eskimos ubiquitous manager) Ed Hervey was a one that done a trade, and for him to trust in me, for him to see what we always saw yet not a whole joining saw, he saw someone who could compete, who could come in and be a high-level guy. And we appreciate him for that, since he unequivocally non-stop a doorway for me, to be totally honest.”
After vital adult to a rather vast boots he was approaching to fill by posting career numbers of 47 catches for 732 yards and a team-leading 9 receiving touchdowns in 18 games on a approach to a 2015 Grey Cup championship, Stafford headed behind to Montreal in giveaway agency.
This time, it was his choice, as he looked to join adult with his cousin, Duron Carter — whose name came adult in Montreal progressing this week as a probable alighting symbol after being cut, out of a blue, by a Saskatchewan Roughriders.
And good before that deteriorate was over, a span finished adult removing unceremoniously expelled following a exhilarated sell with their quarterback in practice.
“I was only entrance off a Grey Cup win, meaningful here they had to compensate people,” Stafford said. “And me, looking to get a pay-day, we knew we would have to go somewhere else.
“I had opportunities to go to a NFL. The Tennessee Titans offering me a contract, yet with no guaranteed money, so we didn’t take a futures understanding since we was 25 during a time. Financially, we done a right decision. we was thinking, ‘What’s a quickest approach for me to get behind to a Grey Cup?
“I got paid and afterwards had a debacle. We were riddled by damage and a lot of things happened, and afterwards we finished adult removing released. That was a blessing in disguise.”
While he had to wait out many of 2017 on a Eskimos use squad, Stafford has shown his career is behind on lane this year in a city where he’s found a many success in his career. He now sits seventh altogether with 515 receiving yards streamer into Saturday’s diversion (7 p.m., TSN, ESPN+, 630 CHED), that outlines a median indicate of Edmonton’s season.
For anyone who’s counting, that is 70 some-more regular-season yards than he warranted in all 3 of his Montreal stops combined.
“Alread,y we have some-more yardage than we had final year,” Stafford said. “I’m only happy. The coaches trust me, I’m only perplexing to instil trust in them each day.
“This is home.”
In and out: RB C.J. Gable sat out of use for a third day in a quarrel and will not play opposite a Alouettes on Saturday … The Als will lay starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, a bar announced Thursday afternoon, after undergoing concussion custom following his final game. That will symbol a second time this deteriorate a group for whom he plays visited Commonwealth Stadium yet a former Heisman Trophy leader saying a margin … Happy birthday to Eskimos WR Bryant Mitchell, who incited 26 on Thursday.
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