Stage is set for Stamps’ Jor­den to strut his stuff

Creative re­ceiver fig­ures to ben­e­fit most from new CFL rule on TD cel­e­bra­tions

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Ja’Gared Davis ac­knowl­edges that it’s prob­a­bly go­ing to be a twohorse race for best cel­e­bra­tion.

With the CFL an­nounc­ing Thurs­day morn­ing that it was re­lax­ing its of­fi­ci­at­ing stan­dards for touch­down cel­e­bra­tions, the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers re­ceivers didn’t waste any time be­fore they started brain­storm­ing new ideas.

So who is go­ing to come up with the most fun, most creative and most elab­o­rate TD cel­e­bra­tion?

There seem to be two fron­trun­ners.

“It’s go­ing to be def­i­nitely a close race out of (Marken Michel and Ka­mar Jor­den),” Davis said. “Those are the two main ones I’ve got my money on. Me, per­son­ally, I’m go­ing to have to lean to Marken just a lit­tle bit.”

The move by the CFL to loosen the rules on TD cel­e­bra­tions should lead to a re­nais­sance in vi­ral-video-wor­thy cel­e­bra­tions.

The new rules al­low for props to be used in cel­e­bra­tions as long as they are not hid­den in a player’s uni­form or the goal­post assem­bly, they are not de­mean­ing or dis­crim­i­na­tory in any way, they do not sim­u­late the fir­ing of a weapons and they do not un­duly de­lay the game, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the league.

That’s go­ing to open a whole lot of pos­si­bil­ity for re­ceivers like Michel and Jor­den, who be­lieve they’re likely go­ing to be the guys who get the most creative among the Stamps re­ceiv­ing corps.

“I was just telling my boys, I had my touch­down cel­e­bra­tion kind of ready to go, but when (head coach Dave Dick­en­son) told us that in the meet­ings to­day, it made me change ev­ery­thing,” Jor­den said Thurs­day. “I’m not go­ing to lie, to­day at prac­tice, I was look­ing around the sta­dium try­ing to see what I could use for a cel­e­bra­tion and if I could use any props.

“I ain’t gonna force it. It’s gotta be good, but if I think of some­thing I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to pull some­thing out.”

Even Michel ac­knowl­edges that Jor­den might be the man to beat in the cel­e­bra­tions, given the pedi­gree he’d al­ready es­tab­lished be­fore the new rules were an­nounced.

If it’s a two-man race, Michel might have a lit­tle catch­ing up to do.

“As soon as you asked, the first person I thought of was KJ,” Michel said. “KJ’s got some creative touch­down cel­e­bra­tions al­ready, so I’m go­ing to have to re­ally think about it, be­cause I want to come out with a band and, on top of that, we can use props. I’ve got to look around the field and see how I can make it in­ter­est­ing.”

To be clear, this is all just a lit­tle bit of fun.

The Stam­ped­ers def­i­nitely aren’t go­ing to be giv­ing any­body time in prac­tice to work on their cel­e­bra­tions, but if the re­ceivers — or any­one else who gets in the end zone — wants to put on a bit of a show, it doesn’t sound like the coach­ing staff is go­ing to stop them.

“I’ll let them best them­selves, but we have a cer­tain stan­dard,” Dick­en­son said. “I don’t per­son­ally think it has any­thing to do with the game, but if fans will come to the games and en­joy that and want to see that, then great.

“That’s my thought on it. I’m of the opin­ion that when you score or have a big play, act like you’ve been there be­fore. Maybe that’s the 1990s or what­ever. I don’t know. You have fun, but I think you cel­e­brate with your team­mates. We want to pro­mote en­ter­tain­ment. We want people in the stands. If that’s what they want to see and they be­lieve they’ll buy more tick­ets to come to the games, great.”

While there might be a lit­tle in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion among the re­ceivers, Dick­en­son’s sug­ges­tion that cel­e­bra­tions should be with other team­mates doesn’t seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

“Hon­estly, I’m far ahead,” Jor­den said laugh­ing. “Eric (Rogers) doesn’t re­ally want to do too much when he scores, (DaVaris Daniels) is all about busi­ness when he scores, Marken gets it. I want to bring them in more. When we score, we’ll do some team stuff. That’s the stuff that gets the crowd in.”

EX­PECT HIM TO PLAY

The Stam­ped­ers aren’t con­firm­ing that Don Jack­son will be start­ing at run­ning back against the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers on Satur­day at McMa­hon Sta­dium (1:30 p.m., TSN/CHQR 770), but it’s a pretty safe bet.

Jack­son hasn’t played since Week 6 against the Mon­treal Alou­ettes, but he re­mains near the top of the leader­board for rush­ing yards in the CFL.

He went hard at prac­tice on Thurs­day, so is likely go­ing to be start­ing against the Bombers.

“As long as he’s clean, comes in (Fri­day) and feels like he (did on Thurs­day), he should be good to go,” Dick­en­son said.

Jack­son has been out of the lineup due to a pulled ham­string and likely would have played last weekend against the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers had it been later in the sea­son or a play­off game.

STAM­PED­ERS NOTE­BOOK

In terms of guys who were ques­tion­able head­ing into the week for Satur­day’s game, most Stam­ped­ers par­tic­i­pated on Thurs­day … DL Micah John­son was back af­ter miss­ing Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice, while CB Tre Roberson seems cer­tain to re­turn to the lineup and OL Shane Bergman was heav­ily in­volved, as well … Ob­vi­ously, the thoughts of ev­ery­one around McMa­hon Sta­dium are with Stamps de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor DeVone Clay­brooks, who missed both of this week’s prac­tices due to an ill­ness and is get­ting tests done at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

No­body cel­e­brates scor­ing a touch­down with more style than re­ceiver Ka­mar Jor­den. The re­ceiver ad­mits he’s work­ing on his moves for Satur­day’s game.

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