Dave Dickenson believes Stampeders have ‘as good a quarterbacks room as anyone’ in the CFL

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Calgary Stampeders’ head coach Dave Dickenson is extremely pleased with what he’s seeing from his quarterbacks early in training camp.

“I like our quarterback position,” he told the media. “I personally think we’ll have as good a quarterbacks room as anyone in this league, if not better.”

Bo Levi Mitchell is coming off the worst season of his CFL career during which he was plagued by a lingering injury to his shoulder as well as a fractured leg. Dickenson indicated that Mitchell appears to be back to full health, which could mean he’s poised for a bounce-back season.

“It looked like he was having fun and made a lot of really good throws,” said Dickenson. “I do think his shoulder feels better now. We’ll see if we can keep it going that way but I thought his release point and delivery looked closer to what I remember when he was a little younger. He’s really started off on the right foot.”

Jake Maier is firmly entrenched as the club’s backup following an impressive rookie season during which he completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,211 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. He started three games while Mitchell was out due to injury and beat the Montreal Alouettes by a score of 28-22 in his first career start.

Chase Fourcade and Tommy Stevens are the other two quarterbacks the Stampeders have in training camp, one of whom is expected to become the club’s third-string passer. Fourcade played in the Arena Football League last season following a standout career at Nicholls State, while Stevens was a seventh-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“It’s a close battle. Both are pretty good athletes and have strong arms. One’s a little bigger than the other, one has a quicker delivery than the other but I think both have an opportunity to make it in the CFL. Can they do it when the lights come on? That’s the big question,” said Dickenson.

The Stampeders are expected go on strike on Thursday once they are permitted to do so under Alberta labour law at 12:25 p.m. MT, though there remains a chance that the CFL and CFL Players’ Association will agree on a new collective bargaining agreement prior to that time.