Begelton has unfinished enterprise to maintain in return to Stamps

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There have been a pair issues that introduced Reggie Begelton again to the Calgary Stampeders.

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He might have waited for an additional shot at an NFL alternative, to make certain, however after being on the Inexperienced Bay Packers observe roster for all of 2020 and getting launched on the finish of coaching camp, Begelton actually wished to get again to truly enjoying soccer.

That’s in all probability the largest motivation for return to the Stamps.

However there’s some unfinished enterprise from his time in Calgary he desires to maintain, too.

“In the event you return to 2019, I strongly consider we had an opportunity to win it that yr and Winnipeg took us out and guess what? Winnipeg is up there once more,” Begelton stated on a media name on Tuesday. “So I imply, there may be some unfinished enterprise to do. We’ll get a preview of what it’s like in two weeks (when the Stamps host the Bombers of their regular-season finale) however I’m not going to look too far forward at that. We’ve bought to deal with enterprise with what’s arising.”

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Begelton was talking from his house in Houston however is predicted to reach in Calgary on Wednesday. His league-mandated COVID-19 quarantine will take him till Sunday, so he needs to be out there to practise when the Stamps return from their bye-week. That will make him out there for subsequent Friday’s sport towards the B.C. Lions, the place the Stamps will possible be capable of formally e-book their spot within the CFL playoffs.

Including Begelton is the kind of transfer that would upend expectations for what the enhancing Stampeders can accomplish within the playoffs, and the crew is thrilled to have him again.

Head coach Dave Dickenson stated there had been discussions a couple of return to Calgary for the star receiver however Begelton had knowledgeable them it was unlikely to occur this season a couple of month in the past. He had a change of coronary heart, although, and approached the Stamps about re-entering the fold on his personal.

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“We have been excited that he opened up that dialogue once more and as soon as it opened up we felt like we wanted him,” Dickenson stated. “I’m open, and I’m actually hoping that Reggie is greater than right here for one yr, two video games or no matter it’s. To me, Tre (Roberson) and Reggie, these are guys we’d like on our crew for the long run and each aren’t solely nice gamers however good teammates.”

For now, Begelton is signed till the top of the season. If one other NFL alternative is accessible, he’d naturally and understandably wish to discover it.

However this isn’t a participant who’s returning to the CFL together with his shoulders slouched and feeling like he failed south of the border. Begelton caught round on the observe roster and bought to observe guys like Davante Adams up-close. You study from that and also you enhance from getting NFL teaching.  

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There’s each purpose to consider Begelton can be even higher than he was in 2019, when he completed third within the league in receiving yards, with 1,444, and third in receiving touchdowns, with 10.

And he additionally occurs to suit the precise profile of what the Stamps want as they head down the stretch and attempt to make a run at knocking off the Bombers within the West Closing and probably profitable the Gray Cup.

Whereas the Stamps defence is as sturdy as any within the league and the special-teams unit is arguably the CFL’s greatest, the crew’s passing sport has been uninspiring at instances. Giving Bo Levi Mitchell a receiver of Begelton’s calibre goes to assist.

The one query is the place he performs. Kamar Jorden has been excelling within the place Begelton made his personal in 2019, in any case.

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“Kamar is fairly entrenched and having an incredible yr on the sturdy inside slot place, so we both transfer KJ or transfer Reg and see the place he matches,” Dickenson stated. “Possibly not as straightforward as transferring him again into his previous place as a result of KJ has been doing a wonderful job there.”

As for Begelton, he says he’s bought no choice. He simply desires to play, and he’s able to hit the bottom working and contribute wherever the coaches ask him to fit in.

“Actually, it’s wherever I may also help the crew win,” he stated. “I’m coming there to assist the crew, I’m a crew participant, I’m not egocentric.”

In different Stampeders information, the Toronto Argonauts claimed offensive lineman Jonathan Zamora off the crew’s observe roster Tuesday. Zamora was a third-round choose within the 2020 CFL Draft.

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