Stamps hurry Matthews into lineup

GAME DAY: B.C. AT CAL­GARY, 5 P.M.

Times Colonist - - Sports - DONNA SPENCER

CAL­GARY — Re­turn­ing to the Cana­dian Foot­ball League is not like rid­ing a bike, says re­ceiver Chris Matthews.

The CFL’s most out­stand­ing rookie in 2012 when he was with the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers, Matthews is back in the league with the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers.

A re­ceiv­ing corps rav­aged by in­juries ac­cel­er­ated Matthews’ re-en­try. He’s on to­day’s game ros­ter against the B.C. Lions less than two weeks af­ter his sign­ing.

The six-foot-five, 228-pound Cal­i­for­nian caught four passes for 109 yards and a touch­down in the 2015 Su­per Bowl in a los­ing cause for the Seat­tle Sea­hawks.

Matthews was re­leased from the Bal­ti­more Ravens in late 2017.

He said ad­just­ing to the Cana­dian game again isn’t au­to­matic. Matthews has been in hurry-up mode learn­ing an un­fa­mil­iar of­fence in Cal­gary.

Stam­ped­ers quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell has helped him a lot, Matthews said.

“It’s a lot of in­tri­cate parts to our of­fence that makes us unique,” Matthews said Fri­day. “Bo did some­thing amaz­ing for me to­day. He wrote down a lot of things I needed to un­der­stand dur­ing the game. He wrote it down, drew up the pic­ture and ev­ery­thing.

“I’ve never had any­body do that for me and I’ve been around great quar­ter­backs. That just showed me these guys re­ally want me to suc­ceed and to help him win.”

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