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The Rouge: Can Sinopoli develop into a successful receiver?

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
7/16/2013 1:03:00 PM
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Early in the third quarter of the Calgary Stampeders' Week 3 win over the Montreal Alouettes, first-year receiver Brad Sinopoli beat veteran defensive back Byron Parker down the sideline and hauled in a wobbly Kevin Glenn throw with one hand for a 42 yard gain; perhaps the catch of the week.

Sinopoli finished the game with five catches, a team-high 81 receiving yards, and post-game Twitter praise from the veteran DB he bested on his highlight reel catch.

It was the first start of Sinopoli's three-year career after the 25-year-old spent his first two years holding a clipboard as Calgary's third-string quarterback.

The University of Ottawa product was an anomaly when he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, not because he was a Canadian quarterback, but because he was a quarterback who happened to be Canadian.

Two years later and things didn't pan out, but that doesn't mean Sinopoli is giving up. The athletic Peterborough, Ontario native is now trying his luck as a receiver. Will the position switch prove successful?

His debut was impressive and will likely earn him at least another game or two in the starting lineup. It's yet to be seen if he can develop into a consistent starter, or if he's closer to an injury-replacement player.

Sinopoli has been practicing as a full-time receiver only since training camp and he's competing for a non-import receiver spot (teams typically carry 3-4 on their active roster) against guys who have been studying the craft a lot longer. There are plenty of Canadian-born pass catchers with four years CIS experience at the position, and some who have cut their teeth in the NCAA, who bounce around the league from practice roster to practice roster.

But a player with Sinopoli's athleticism and QBs knowledge of the game, and one seemingly steadfast on carving out a career in football - no matter where he lines up - has at least a fighter's chance to grow into a regular contributor in the CFL.

The Rouge asks: Can Brad Sinopoli develop into a consistent and successful wide receiver in the CFL? You've heard what we've had to say; now it's your turn.

As always, it's Your! Call.

Brad Sinopoli (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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