Riders' Sheets off to running start
Saskatchewan Roughriders, Kory Sheets gets tackled by the Calgary Stampeders during the second half of CFL action at McMahon stadium in Calgary. Thursday July 19 2012. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY)
This newcomer is putting up numbers.
Through seven games, Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kory Sheets leads the CFL in yards from scrimmage (762), rushing yards (468) and rushing touchdowns (six). If only he could be satisfied with that.
“By my standards, I’ve done just an OK job,” Sheet said. “I’ve done just enough to get by, in my eyes. By everyone else’s standards, maybe they were lower than mine.
“In the next couple of games, I will start doing better than I have been.”
That has to be bad news for the Calgary Stampeders heading into Saturday’s crucial matchup at Mosaic Stadium (1 p.m., TSN, QR77).
Of course, the Stamps have their own running back who can pile up numbers. And having rain in the forecast is music to Jon Cornish’s ears.
“The last time the weather was dreadful, I appreciated the gameplan,” Cornish laughed about his 217-yards-from-scrimmage game two weeks ago in Hamilton.
During the same week, Sheets got 216 yards from scrimmage against the Edmonton Eskimos.
The difference was Sheets’ team didn’t pick up the win.
“I’ve been playing well, but the team as a whole, me included, haven’t put things together,” Sheets said.
While he came into this season as an unknown quantity, Sheets had pro experience.
Coming out of Purdue University in 2009, he signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers but was later picked up by the Miami Dolphins. He suited up for two games in the Sunshine State.
The 2010 season was a write-off as he tore his Achilles four days into training camp and missed the season.
After a season with the Carolina Panthers, Sheets found himself out of work and hooked on with the Riders.
He came to training camp fourth on the depth chart, but quickly moved up. By Week 1, he was starting tailback and his CFL tenure couldn’t have gone any better with touchdowns in his first five games.
Recently, he’s been frustrated by the team’s four-game losing streak.
“I need to get back in the endzone because we need to score points and finish drives,” Sheets said.
“If I get going, it will open up everything else on the offence.”