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Argos catch an enormous break as Als come to city minus stud again Stanback


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The Montreal Alouettes come to city to assist usher within the Argonauts marketing campaign on Thursday, contemporary off dropping to the Calgary Stampeders in their very own season opener in addition to star working again William Stanback.

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Stanback, final season’s main CFL rusher, is scheduled to endure surgical procedure on Monday to restore an ankle he broke in Cowtown.

The Als will not be the identical when Stanback isn’t being featured within the backfield. He’s the perfect within the CFL enterprise and has a historical past of working roughshod over the Argos.

Amusingly sufficient, the Argos discover themselves in first place within the East with a 0-0 document in any case three of their East Division rivals misplaced their opening video games, all out West.

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Montreal blew a lead in Calgary, whereas the new-look Ottawa Redblacks discovered methods to shoot themselves within the foot in dropping a nail-biter to the two-time reigning Gray Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats had been engaged in a defensive battle in Regina till the host Roughriders started to gentle up the scoreboard within the fourth quarter.

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The Argos got a bye week and can clearly catch a break following the unlucky harm to Stanback.

As just lately as 2019, the Argos started the season with a bye. However of their season opener, they had been destroyed by the visiting Ticats 64-14.

The loss was the start of a regrettable season for the Argos, who would win all of 4 video games.
Hamilton, in the meantime, superior to the Gray Cup, with Brandon Banks named MOP that season.

Thursday’s season and residential opener for the Argos will mark the debut of Banks as a member of the Double Blue.

Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie believes the Als misplaced their identification in Calgary.

Montreal wants to ascertain the run sport to arrange play motion. And whereas quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. could make performs together with his arm and legs, he’s vulnerable to turning the soccer over when attempting to throw into tight home windows.

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The Als benefit from having a veteran in Trevor Harris, whose CFL run started as an Argo, however Montreal stored trotting out Adams towards the Stamps.

Dinwiddie’s Argos started final season by enjoying back-to-back video games out West, beating the Stamps within the opener and succumbing to the Blue Bombers earlier than turning the tables again residence in handing Winnipeg a loss.

The Argos had been in a position to make amends in that residence opener by stopping the run.
Toronto’s run defence can be beneath the microscope this week towards the Als, even with Stanback unavailable.

“They’re in all probability nonetheless going to pound the rock,’’ mentioned Dinwiddie. “We have now to maintain Vernon within the pocket and set up the road of scrimmage.”

COACH CLEMONS?

Within the occasion Dinwiddie is ever unable to function head coach, GM Michael Clemons would transfer from the entrance workplace to the sideline.

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Clemons isn’t any stranger to working a group as head coach and guided the Argos to a Gray Cup in 2004.

Nobody is anticipating Clemons to fill in for Dinwiddie, however simply in case such a state of affairs performs out the present membership govt will fill the void.

Dinwiddie needed to miss a apply final week to are likely to a private subject, which has since been resolved.

The problem of a attainable alternative was broached to the top coach, who will enter his second season as Toronto’s bench boss after Dinwiddie was named coach of the 12 months within the East in his rookie season in 2021.

“It will be Pinball as head coach,’’ mentioned Dinwiddie. “He’s been on this state of affairs.”

Offensively, within the occasion Dinwiddie isn’t accessible, receivers/go sport co-ordinator Pete Costanza will make the calls.

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Corey Mace, who will start his first season as defensive co-ordinator, will proceed to dial up schemes.

Particular groups co-ordinator Mickey Donovan will oversee the unit.

Dinwiddie didn’t know Donovan personally earlier than the latter joined the Boatmen.

“I used to be actually impressed on sport day in what they did,’’ mentioned Dinwiddie of Donovan, who joined the Als as their particular groups co-ordinator in 2018. “I favored his management. He brings a professionalism and I similar to the bodily factor he’ll add to our particular groups.”

BANKS ON IT

Banks, who will line up at extensive receiver, isn’t anticipated to be activated within the return sport because the Argos start the season and not using a featured returner.

“Speedy can be our ace within the gap,’’ mentioned Dinwiddie. “I really feel snug with Speedy again there and we’ll let him go.”

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It gained’t occur instantly and it could not occur if another person emerges.

Working again Javon Leake confirmed flashes in the course of the pre-season, together with a kickoff return within the exhibition finale towards Hamilton, however is opening the season on the apply squad.

Veteran low season signing Andrew Harris and holdover AJ Oullette will deal with the majority of the working sport.

INJURY REPORT

Sunday’s record of injured Argos who had been unable to practise featured 11 gamers.
Montreal listed seven gamers unable to practise.

Stanback strikes to the six-game injured record, however nobody is anticipating him to return any time quickly.

Als head coach Khari Jones says there’s no timeline for Stanback’s restoration from the damaged ankle, however Jones is hopeful he’ll return in some unspecified time in the future this season.

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On Sunday, the Als added RB Shane Simpson.

The almost definitely Argo to maneuver to the six-game injured record is second-year offensive lineman Peter Nicastro, who harm his knee late final season and required surgical procedure.

Three offensive linemen — Isiah Cage, Dylan Giffen and Gregor Mackellar — are all coping with head accidents, based on the group’s harm report.

Cage missed the complete 2021 season following an ankle harm he suffered in coaching camp.

Giffen and Mackellar, the Argos’ first-round decide from this 12 months’s CFL draft, are thought-about depth items.

Cage, when wholesome, will line up at left deal with to guard the blind aspect because the starter.

fzicarelli@postmedia.com

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