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From NFL to CFL: WR Marken Michel’s Promising Comeback to Calgary Stampeders

In a significant revamp of their offensive lineup, the Calgary Stampeders have made a series of crucial roster moves, headlined by the return of receivers Marken Michel and Reggie Begelton. As a sign of their commitment to strengthening their wide receiver unit, these changes come at a critical time in the CFL season.

The Stampeders organization announced that they have re-signed American receiver Marken Michel, marking his return to the team after a period in the NFL, which included the Philadelphia Eagles and a two-game stint with the Carolina Panthers in 2020. Michel has had a commendable past with the Red and White, with a track record of 72 catches for 1,215 yards and eight touchdowns during his 24 regular-season games over the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Additionally, his performance earned him the nomination as Calgary’s choice and West Division finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2017.

Veteran receiver Reggie Begelton, who was off to a stellar start this season with 14 catches for 182 yards in the first two games, has also been activated from the six-game injured list. Begelton’s return is expected to boost the Stamps’ offense, especially following the absence of Malik Henry, who has now been placed on the six-game injured list due to an Achilles injury incurred in the game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The team also introduced new faces to their lineup. American receiver Floyd Allen, a product of Ole Miss, has been signed to the practice roster. Allen attended Calgary’s training camps in 2022 and 2023 and even recorded two catches for 46 yards in a preseason game.

Adding further depth to their backfield, the Stampeders signed American running back LeVante Bellamy to the practice roster. Bellamy, a standout from Western Michigan, saw action in four NFL games with the Denver Broncos before signing with the Stampeders. With his commendable college record, including a significant 3,720 yards and 35 touchdowns on 617 carries, Bellamy is expected to bring a new dynamism to the Stampeders’ running game.

These strategic additions and returns not only reinforce Calgary’s offensive lineup but also signify the team’s commitment to maintaining a competitive edge. As the Stamps gear up to face the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on Friday, July 7, fans and opponents alike will be eager to see the impact of these changes on the team’s performance.

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Mark Perry is the founder and editor of CFL News Hub. A dedicated and experienced football analyst, he has been providing comprehensive coverage of the sport since 2018. In March 2021, he further expanded his reporting scope to the Canadian Football League. Mark continues to share insightful analysis and updates on all things CFL, adding to the lively conversation surrounding the sport. Contact him directly at mark.perry@cflnewshub.com.

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