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STAMPS NOTES: Moxey making noise in defensive backfield

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The press box at McMahon Stadium sits way at the very top of the stadium, seemingly miles away from the field.

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Even from way up there, though, you can still hear Jonathan Moxey talking every once in a while.

He’s loud. 

Loud enough that he even draws comparisons to one of the most infamously motor-mouthed players to wear a Calgary Stampeders uniform.

“He’s definitely a talker, I compare him to a new Charleston (Hughes) for us, but he’s backing it up,” said Stamps veteran Jamar Wall. “He’s going to be a big part of it and make a lot of noise, for sure.

“OK, he’s not quite (on Hughes’ level) yet, but he’s making his way, for sure.”

It’s not only trash talk from Moxey, though. There’s every type of talk, really. He just happens to be a high-energy guy who likes to have his voice heard. 

And his teammates in the Stamps’ defensive backfield love it. 

After spending 2019 mostly as a backup before injury ended his season early, Moxey looks set to take over the Stamps’ starting field corner position this year. 

“He has a lot of energy,” said DaShaun Amos. “He keeps me up every play, whether it’s good or bad or indifferent. We depend on him to bring that energy and bring that hype and bring a little bit of trash talk, every day.”

The defensive backfield is expected to be a position of strength for the Stampeders. They lost Brandon Smith to retirement and Tre Roberson to the NFL in the off-season, but any group that consists of all-stars such as Richard Leonard, Amos, Wall and young studs such as Royce Metchie and Raheem Wilson is going to cause trouble for opposing receivers.

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Technically, Moxey might be the one question mark in the group, given his relative lack of CFL experience. None of his teammates see it that way, though.
They saw him in practice and got to know him in 2019 and they’re expecting a breakout.

During a long and trying training camp, they’re also genuinely grateful for the energy he brings.

“I’ve always been an energetic guy, outspoken, I guess that’s just the South Florida mentality,” said Moxey, who is from West Palm Beach. “We trash talk, we gas up each other, we keep that high energy at practice. I just feel like while we do that, we keep the energy up nad we’re flying around and making plays and it’s just gonna make everyone better.”

Moxey did point out that he’s not the only defensive back who talks a lot on the Stampeders. As a group, it’s true that they do seem to make more noise than anyone else on the field, especially when someone comes down with an interception — or drops one.

“We all know each other from 2019, so we all have that bond,” Moxey said. “They know I’m loud so I feel like when I boost them up, then they boost me up. Energy feeds off each other and energy creates success if you ask me. With defence, you have to be a little crazy to play defence.

“You’re a grown man and you’re running full-speed into another grown man and trying to get him on the ground. You have to be a little crazy, but we’re all alive and we’re all having fun out there and at the end of the day it’s child’s game we’re playing.”

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QUICK HITS

Leonard missed the back-end of practice after appearing to roll his ankle deep in the end zone. That’s definitely going to be something to keep an eye on … Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw the ball around early in the morning session but otherwise did not participate. He’s experiencing some soreness, although we won’t start worrying about his availability for Week 1 — Aug. 7 against the Toronto Argonauts —  until next week … The Stampeders re-signed receiver George Campbell before Wednesday’s practice. He was released earlier in camp after suffering an injury that was keeping him sidelined … Running backs Ka’Deem Carey and Roc Thomas were both out … At this point, it seems like Dakota Prukop has pulled ahead somewhat in the fight for the backup QB position behind Mitchell. That could still change, of course, and in his media availability after practice head coach Dave Dickenson acknowledged that the team might keep Prukop, Michael O’Connor and Jake Maier all around once camp is over. Two of those guys would likely need to accept practice roster positions, but it’s the first we’ve heard of it … Dan Williams can catch the ball … Defensive lineman Vincent Desjardins did not participate in practice, but he and offensive lineman Jonathan Zamora were both running stairs during a chunk of practice, so it doesn’t seem like anything one should worry about too, too much.

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