STAMPEDERS NOTES: Game Name Rotation

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In the end, Dave Dickenson decided he could rotate his team a bit.

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When the Calgary Stampeders take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night at McMahon Stadium (6 p.m., TSN/770 CHQR)a few key starters will rest on the sidelines.

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Conversely, there are a few expected starters returning to the roster.

In total, there are 10 players coming onto the roster and 10 players who were in the lineup for last weekend’s game against the Riders who are missing this one.

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The Stampeders aren’t just throwing this one away, though.

“Honestly, I’m trying to prepare our team to play winning football, Stampeders football,” Dickenson said. “I want to be fair with the guys. We are in competition, we are trying to win a football match. But another goal is to make sure we show up, play good football, do our job and we’ve always preached that we’re a team. Whoever calls his number, goes there and the standard is the same.

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“We’ll have more chances to see guys who haven’t played as much normally, but the standard is the same.”

Saturday night’s game makes no sense in the standings. The Stampeders are locked in third place in the West Division and travel to Vancouver next weekend for their first-round playoff matchup with the BC Lions. The Roughriders are eliminated from the playoffs.

In a similar situation last year in their last regular season game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Stamps played safe and conservative football. They ended up winning the match, but it wasn’t one anyone would ever want to see again.

And while seeing the likes of defensive end Shawn Lemon and running back Ka’Deem Carey out this weekend might seem like a signal that we could be in for another equally boring game, Dickenson insisted that was not the case.

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“I don’t rest a lot of healthy guys,” Dickenson said. “Some might play, but I don’t think that’s smart. Ka’Deem’s situation, I know he could play. He’s been banged up, he’s been a total warrior and wants to play. Lemon, he had a great year and is fighting for the awards. Not the young man, but definitely a guy who I think could play.

“Both of them joined and said ‘I want to play, but I’ll do what you need me to do’.”

Defensive end Folarin Orimolade will also be out on Saturday and that’s something Stamps fans will want to watch closely next week. He’s dealing with a muscle pull that Dickenson says would have kept Orimolade out of this weekend’s game no matter what.

Orimolade has been great this season and the Stamps will definitely want him back in time for next weekend.

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On the bright side, however, the Stampeders receive some crucial reinforcements Saturday night.

Receiver Kamar Jorden and defensive back Titus Wall are back in the lineup after extended six-game stints, as is cornerback Natrell Jamerson.

You would expect Jorden and Wall to be surefire starters next weekend against the Lions, while Jamerson could also be in contention.


The Stampeders will start Jake Maier at quarterback, but it’s unclear how the rest of the game will play out at that position.

There has obviously been a lot of attention over whether the team will give Bo Levi Mitchell the opportunity to play in front of Calgary fans in what is likely his last home game in a Stamps uniform, but Dickenson would also like take a long look at third stringer Tommy Stevens.

“Basically, I’ll start Jake and let it roll from there,” Dickenson said. “I’m not really determined to see all three, if it happens it happens. I hope Tommy will have time because I don’t know much about Tommy. I want to see him. We understand we’re playing for 2022, but we still have to look ahead and I’ll let it go from there, though. Bo and I are on the same page, so it’s okay and we’ll just see where it goes.

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