The Calgary Stampeders boosts their backfield by adding veteran running back Calvin McCarty.
McCarty joins the team Sunday after being pulled away from retirement. He originally announced his retirement from the CFL in mid-March before the announcement on Sunday.
After a long career running the ball, the British Columbia native became just the fourth running back in CFL history to play in over 200 games in his career. In 203 games spanning 13 seasons with Edmonton, McCarty has 263 catches in 2,005 yards and 13 touchdowns, 337 carries for 1,615 yards and 17 majors, and 84 special-teams tackles. McCarty has 28 receptions for 174 yards and one touchdown in 14 career postseason contests.
McCarty will be facing stiff competition at running back in Calgary. Ka’Deem Carey has been projected to be the top running back on the depth chart. Other running backs on the roster includes Trey Williams and Roc Thomas.
Joining training camp late could either be seen as a positive or a negative. McCarty will have a shorter time learning the offense with the season starting in about two weeks. The benefit for him is he’s a long-standing veteran who can impact the running game right away.
Questions will arise on whether he can beat out Carey for the job or be in the rotation. Regardless of how the Stampeders use him, McCarty will be able to help the team out.
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