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CALGARY -- The Calgary Stampeders are less crowded at quarterback this season, but there is still heavy competition for the starters job. D.J. Fluker Seahawks Jersey . The Stampeders employed a three-man rotation in 2013 mainly because of an early-season injury to Drew Tate. Kevin Glenn started the majority of games, but Bo Levi Mitchell was a busy third-stringer. He won his three starts and came off the bench to lead Calgary to another when Glenn was also injured. Glenn was taken in the off-season expansion draft by the Ottawa Redblacks and subsequently dealt to the B.C. Lions, which leaves Tate and Mitchell vying to lead the offence of a team that posted a league-best 14-4 record last season. "It brings out the best in us and I think that being said, we could be a starting point for the team," Tate said Sunday on the first day of training camp. "If the quarterbacks are battling, everyone else is battling kind of thing." Tate, 29, was anointed Calgarys starter two years ago when Henry Burris was dealt to Hamilton. But injuries have limited the six-foot, 190-pound pivot to 153 completions over the past two seasons. A throwing arm injury on July 6 last year and a subsequent setback sidelined him until October. Training camp reps will test the durability of the arm, Tate says. "Feels good right now. Just trying to be smart with it," he said. "I feel its all moderation with the volume we have. Its a lot of volume and its really hard to mimic that in the off-season, the kind of volume we have, especially in camp. "Ever since I was three feet tall, Ive only had one speed and getting injuries, it make you have to change your approach. So far so good. Its only the a.m. of Day 1, so a lot of ball left." Mitchell, 24, completed 69 per cent of his passes for 1,156 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. Six-foot-four and 204 pounds, Mitchell says theres no jealousy between he and Tate. "Were friends through and through, no matter what," Mitchell says. "When he makes a great play, Im not looking down saying Ive got to make a better one. Im going out there, congratulating him and slapping him on the butt and saying good play. "If you look at last year, we went with three quarterbacks. I know theres not many teams in the league that are going to play one guy for 18 games every single snap, so youve got to be ready. Were going to do whatever we can to help each other prepare for the season." The two Texans both signed contract extensions in the off-season and bring different qualities to the table, says head coach and general manager John Hufnagel. "I guess the best way I could explain it is Drew is more of a jitterbug," Hufnagel explained. "Hell make plays out of nothing, just because of his mobility and elusiveness and great vision and accuracy. "Bo is a little bit of a stronger-armed guy. He has the ability to move around and make plays, but hes more of a pocket guy and throw the ball down the field." The Stampeders lost in the 2013 West Division final to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who went onto win the Grey Cup in Regina. In addition to taking Glenn in the expansion draft, the Redblacks also selected Stampeder offensive lineman JMicheal Deane and safety Eric Fraser. Ottawa also hired away defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell to be their head coach. Rich Stubler replaced Campbell after two seasons as B.C.s defensive co-ordinator. Stampeder offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson signed a three-year contract extension in November. Hufnagel swung a deal with Ottawa to obtain the first overall pick the Canadian college draft in May and used it to choose Laval offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu. The hope is hes a fast adapter to the CFL as centre Brett Jones was in winning the leagues rookie award last season. Among Calgarys significant contract extensions in the off-season were CFL sack leader Charleston Hughes, receivers Maurice Price, Jabari Arthur and Joe West, as well as middle linebacker Juwan Simpson and linebacker Keon Raymond. To get some experience in his backfield, Hufnagel signed halfbacks Lin-J Shell and Josh Bell, who have experience working with Stubler in Vancouver, as well as former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Dee Webb. "In the defensive backfield, it will be interesting because of the loss of players weve had in the off-season," Hufnagel said. "Theres spots to be won." Running back Jon Cornish, the CFLs leading rusher for two seasons and most outstanding player in 2013, adopted the practice of tai chi, a Chinese martial art, in the off-season. "After doing six months of it, I understand that a lot of my movement patterns were not as efficient as they could be," said Cornish. "A lot of the things I could do on the field could be optimized. Thats what Im trying to focus on this year. "Mentally I felt I could add some aspects to my game." The Stampeders also have at camp running back Martell Mallett, the CFLs rookie of the year in 2009 when he played for the Lions. Calgarys off-season was not without its drama. The team suspended defensive back Quincy Butler nine days before main camp. He was charged with two counts of assault following an incident outside a Calgary casino. Hes due to appear in court June 26. Concordia defensive tackle Quinn Smith, Calgarys seventh overall pick in the college draft, tested positive for a steroid which he says he inadvertently ingested via a supplement. The Toronto native faces a two-year ban from Canadian university football. Smith is currently at Calgarys main camp and is subject to mandatory drug testing under the CFLs drug policy. And Price chose the first day of training camp to apologize both in a press release and in a scrum with reporters for remarks he made on Twitter over a month ago that criticized gay NFL draft pick Michael Sam. The CFL fined Price for those comments. "I just wanted to come here and be face to face with the guys and not do it from a distance," Price said. "Thats why I waited until this day to just apologize. Im aware my comments were offensive and I just want to apologize to the Stamps fans, the CFL and especially Mr. Michael Sam himself." The Stampeders are training on new turf at McMahon Stadium, which makes the pounding of two-a-days feel a little less painful. "Its a lot better, 1,000 per cent better," Price said. "Thats vacation for the joints, the ankles, the knees. Im glad they got that done. That old turf was worn out and hard. When it was snowing it was icy and hard and just rough on the legs." Custom Seattle Seahawks Jerseys . 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Following the season, head coach Jim Schwartz was fired, Caldwell was hired, and the Lions looked to free agency and the draft to help their franchiser quarterback Matthew Stafford. In free agency, the Lions signed wide receiver Golden Tate, who led the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in both receptions and yards last season. Then, the Lions used the 10th overall pick in Mays draft to take the top tight end available; North Carolina product Eric Ebron. Tate will open the season opposite Johnson on the starting offence, replacing the committee of Nate Burelson, Kris Durham and Kevin Ogletree, who all saw time at the position last season. Despite missing seven games with a broken arm, Burelson led the group with 39 catches. Johnsons 84 catches for 1492 yards more than tripled the 490 yards of the next best receiver Durham. Ebron faces stiffer competition at the tight end spot. Brandon Pettigrew is entering his sixth season with the Lions and will likely hold on to his starting spot, while Joseph Fauria will also hold a spot on the offence after he excelled in the red zone last season; hauling in seven touchdowns. Where Ebron may benefit, is the lack of depth of the Lions receiving core. Ebron may lineup in a similar spot to that of Jimmy Graham of the Saints, seeing snaps in the slot receiver position. Ebron will have to beat out Ogletree for snaps in that role. No matter where Ebron lines up, Stafford is glad to new weapons to throw to in the Lions new offensive system. "Learning a new offence and learning new coaches, just getting to know them on both sides of the football. Learning new teammates. That part of it is fun," Stafford told the teams website in training camp. "Its a challenge, but were excited about it." A position of strength for the Lions last year, the team will again look to have their running backs heavily involved in the offence in 2014. Seattle Seahawks Gear. Reggie Bush rushed for 1,006 yards last year and had 506 receiving yards on 54 catches, the second-most on the team. Bushs change-of-pace back Joique Bell rushed for 650 yards and caught 53 passes for 547 yards, second-most on the team. The tandem combined for 15 offensive touchdowns. If the Lions can reignite the tandem of Bush and Bell on the ground and use their offseason additions to balance their passing attack, the teams offence will be worth fearing in 2014. Notes: Questions at Corner: The Lions were widely expected to use their first-round draft pick on a cornerback after cutting starter Chris Houston, instead the Lions added to their offence with Ebron. Houston was released after undergoing a toe surgery the Lions believed to be career-ending. He has yet to sign with a new team. At corner, second-year player Darius Slay is expected to start on one side, with veteran Rashean Mathis starting on the other. Slay started four games last season as a rookie, after being selected in the second round of the 2013 draft. Mathis, a 12-year NFL veteran, started 13 games for the Lions last season. Bill Bentley, who started five games last season, and free-agent signee Cassius Vaughn could also push for starts. Last line of defence: Veteran safety Louis Delmas signed with the Miami Dolphins in free agency, breaking up the Lions safety duo, which played together in all 16 games last season. Now, incumbent starter Glover Quin will be paired with free-agent signee James Ihedigo, who started all 16 games with the Ravens last season. Fairely disappointing: 2011 first-round pick Nick Fairley is slated to open the season on the bench after reporting to training camp overweight and performing poorly in the preseason. Fairley started 15 games in 2013, notching 35 tackles, six sacks and one safety. Veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley is set start beside All-Pro Ndamukong Suh on the Lions defensive line. 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