Carr thankful Stamps quickly snapped him up after surprising cut from Saskatchewan

 

Receiver added to practice squad of his one-time nemesis

 
 
 
 
New Stampeder Greg Carr, #88, walks off the field with Charleston Hughes, #39, at practice on Monday.
 

New Stampeder Greg Carr, #88, walks off the field with Charleston Hughes, #39, at practice on Monday.

Photograph by: Lorraine Hjalte, Calgary Herald

Greg Carr admits he was taken aback.

“It is what it is. It happens,” said the towering receiver, who’s been added to the Calgary Stampeders’ practice roster after release by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “Any time it (being picked up) happens so fast, you know people respect what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing.

“When I got this opportunity I was just thankful because in some situations guys have sat out whole seasons.

“I just want to come here and fit in.”

Carr snared four passes for 101 yards in the Riders’ first pre-season game this year but was deemed surplus requirements, and one each in the second exhibition and first regular-season encounter.

Notably for Stamps’ backers, he latched onto two TD passes from Darian Durant during last year’s West semifinal at McMahon Stadium, won by Calgary in the final minute of play.

Carr burst onto the CFL landscape in spectacular fashion with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, scoring on touchdown tosses of 74 and 71 yards on Sept. 25th, 2010 versus the Alouettes.

He’s also spent time in Edmonton.

The Stamps, already deep in richly-talented pass catchers, released import offensive lineman Na’Shan Goddard from the practice roster to make way for Carr.

“Greg’s an experienced receiver with great size who’s had success in the league,” explained Stamps head coach/GM John Hufnagel. “We have a practice roster spot, so we brought him in to see what he could provide, and see where he’s at with his skill.

“It’s just an opportunity to get a closer look at him.”

INJURY ROUNDUP

Quarterback Drew Tate wasn’t the only Stampeder to undergo an MRI on Saturday. Hufnagel reported that defensive lineman Micah Johnson tore an oblique muscle and will be sidelined “for awhile.” The knee injury suffered by defensive back Jamar Wall, meanwhile, is likely to keep him out of at least the Friday joust at Montreal.

NO HARD FEELINGS

If John Hufnagel was in any way miffed at an emotional sideline exchange with quarterback Drew Tate during Friday’s loss at Regina, he’d forgotten by Monday.

“I don’t think he yelled at me,” said the coach of the TV-captured incident. “I think I was trying to tell him something while he was on the field and he came over and explained the decision that he made.

“I think I know how to handle my players. If I believe there’s a problem, I’ll correct it. I don’t think there’s a problem.”

Hufnagel granted that emotion is a large part of Tate’s game.

“That’s Drew Tate. Do I want Drew Tate on my football team? That’s the decision I have to make. Not that he can run amok.”

gjohnson@calgaryherald.com

 
 
 
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New Stampeder Greg Carr, #88, walks off the field with Charleston Hughes, #39, at practice on Monday.
 

New Stampeder Greg Carr, #88, walks off the field with Charleston Hughes, #39, at practice on Monday.

Photograph by: Lorraine Hjalte, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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