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The Calgary Stampeders have blocked more kicks than the rest of the CFL combined.

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So far this season, the Stampeders have seen Mike Rose fire a field goal, while Charlie Moore and Romeo McKnight have both blocked kicks.

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Two other players in the entire league are currently credited with blocking this season.

It’s a strange and fun statistic and whether it holds up or not, it’s a good indication of the solid work the Stampeders special unit unit is doing this season.

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“We’ve done a really good job,” Stamps coach Dave Dickinson said. “We’re pushing a lot and that puts a little bit of pressure on the return because more players are coming in, so we have to have a good balance.”

Block kicks aren’t necessarily something a football team will rely on on a regular basis. The vast majority of kicks and field goals are not blocked, after all.

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The rarity of a player getting the ball is part of what makes it special, though. A blocked kick can provide a game-changing shift in momentum or, at the very least, an attack setup with a great field position.

In Moore’s case, he nearly entered the finish zone on his own last weekend against the Edmonton Elks. He put his hand on the ball and then got it back himself, but while it looked like he landed on the ball in the end zone, he fell short by a yard.

“When you open up like that, your eyes get really big, but the biggest thing is just to focus on the point of the block and make sure you get a piece of it,” Moore said. “I thought I was (landing), but after watching the movie, my knee fell off too soon. Still, I’ll take what I can get.”

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The stamps will definitely take any forbidden kicks their squad unit can give them as well.

Although Moore didn’t finish in the end himself, the Stampeders got a touchdown on the next play when Tommy Stevens ran the ball.

On the Labor Day classic a week ago, after McKnight’s banned kick, quarterback Jake Mayer found Reggie Bigleton in the finish zone twice later.

Rose’s banned field goal in the first week against Montreal Aloette kept three points off the board in a game that the Stamps won – you guessed it – three points.

So yeah, they were big moments in the big Stampeders games.

“Coach (Mark) Killam does a great job putting the charts together and everyone is trying to do their job,” McKnight said. “Someone is bound to put on a play when everyone else is putting in so much effort. We have a great scheme and we’re just doing our jobs.

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“Sometimes you raise your hand and you’re just hoping and yes, I was relieved that I could feel it bouncing off my hand, sure.”

everything is OK

Dickinson wasn’t lying on Tuesday when he said there was nothing to worry about when it came to the injury condition of receiver Trey Odoms Docks and Rex Rene Paredes.

Both players sat in training on Tuesday, which naturally led to some concern about whether they would be available for Saturday’s big game against the Lions.

Despite this, Dickinson confirmed to the media that he was confident that both players would be available, and regarding the injury report in closed training Wednesday at McMahon Stadium, it was revealed that both players were full participants.

That’s big news, given that Paredes is the league’s top scorer and the Odoms Dukes have a big role to fill in the receiving team with Kamar Jordan adding to their six-match injured list last week.

It wasn’t the only positive development either. Defensive full back Daniel Amoako was also listed as a full participant after being tied down on Tuesday, while DB Javien Elliott was fully involved in what this reporter believes is his first time since training camp.

Given the number of defensive linebackers currently sidelined through injury, having both players will be a huge boost as the Stamps prepare for a vital match with the Lions, who happen to be the team leading them up the standings. In second place in the western band.

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