Former Alouette Kenny Stafford takes commerce to Roughriders in stride

Seven seasons within the CFL have taught Kenny Stafford one factor — by no means drop your guard and don’t be caught without warning.

“It’s the enterprise of soccer. It’s not my first time being traded,” stated Stafford, the latest Saskatchewan Roughrider. “On the finish of the day, I’ve bought a job to do. That’s to play soccer.

“I’m glad they wished me and confirmed they wished me.”

Stafford, who spent parts of two seasons with the Alouettes, taking part in 19 video games, was traded by Edmonton to Saskatchewan Monday morning. He acquired the decision at 9 and was in Regina 12 hours later, practising along with his new crew for the primary time Tuesday.

“On this enterprise it is best to by no means be shocked,” the 29-year-old stated. “We’ve seen crazier issues occur. It’s not all unhealthy. That chapter’s closed for me. That is my new chapter.”

Stafford, 6-foot-Three and 204 kilos, was in his third season with the Eskimos and was the crew’s third-leading receiver by seven video games. However Edmonton signed three free-agent receivers final winter and required a returner, which it acquired from Saskatchewan in Christion Jones.

Stafford, who already has confronted Montreal twice this season, together with July 20, may play Friday evening at Molson Stadium rather than Shaq Evans, who twisted his ankle this week in follow.

“We felt we would have liked depth at receiver,” stated Riders head coach Craig Dickenson, accustomed to Stafford from their time in Edmonton. “He doesn’t know the offence in addition to he must, however he’s accustomed to the system. We predict he matches nicely within the room. He’s a tough employee and clever.”

In 70 profession video games, Stafford has produced 2,626 receiving yards whereas scoring 18 touchdowns. He’s coming off a career-high in 2018, having caught 55 passes for 781 yards in 17 video games.

Stafford stated he’s not involved about presumably being activated on three days of coaching. “On the finish of the day, a slant’s a slant. It’s simply referred to as otherwise,” he stated, shrugging.

“I’ve been across the similar ideas. I’ve performed receiver on this league the previous seven years. There’s not too many ideas I haven’t seen or heard. I’m a reasonably sensible participant.

“I’m blessed to nonetheless play soccer, to have a crew that desires me.”

Saskatchewan, which has received its final three video games, will proceed to sink or swim with quarterback Cody Fajardo. The group gave the four-year veteran a vote of confidence with its current commerce of the incessantly concussed Zach Collaros again to Toronto.

“The vote of confidence and belief the group has in me, there needed to be one thing there,” Fajardo stated. “I’ve simply been in search of a possibility to have a company give me belief and be assured in me happening the sector. To have that stamped final week has helped me really feel quite a bit higher that I’m doing one thing proper.”