Stampeders bringing back defensive back Jamar Wall
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So yes, having a player like Wall who has played in 129 regular-season games and knows every intricacy of the Stamps system is going to be critically important. He’ll be as important a voice in the locker room as there is, and that’s something he’s already used to.
“It’s not too different, I’ve always kind of been that guy to kind of speak out on my side of the field,” Wall said. “It was always that Smitty took care of the boundary and I took care of the field side, but now with Smitty gone and Bell gone there’s just more room for the young guys like Royce Metchie, and he’s done a great job.
“He already knows that’s going to be a role for him, as well. I really like that guy, he’s a really good guy with a great head on his shoulders and a great athlete who I’ve seen getting better every single year … I’m really not concerned when it comes to that in the secondary.”
To be clear, Wall’s importance doesn’t just come down to knowing the system. He’s also been an elite DB in the league for years and has made the transition to the SAM position over the past couple of seasons.
He was rightfully named to the CFL’s All-Decade team when it was announced last year and hasn’t fallen off in his 30s. He’s won two Grey Cups, has played in four and is three defensive tackles away from moving into the top-five in franchise history.
In 2019, he started 16 games and finished fourth on the team with 67 defensive tackles, one sack and a knockdown.
Wall’s presence on the field remains extremely valuable for the Stampeders and despite all the moving pieces, he’s confident in what the DB group can do in 2021.
“With Raheem and (Jonathan) Moxie and adding (Richard Leonard) to it, who has great experience and a knack for getting the ball, I think we’re going to be fine in our secondary,” Wall said. “It’s something we all take pride in and we have enough guys coming back who understand that.”