Has The Torch Been Passed?

It has been suggested by some in the Toronto sports media there’s been a changing of the guard at quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts.

Ricky Ray’s return to the starting signal caller position is still in doubt for November not only because he’s endured an almost year-long stint on the sidelines due to shoulder injury last year and a few weeks here and there on the injured list this year, but also because his newly-acquired replacement should be more than able to steer the Argos ship from behind centre for the foreseeable future.

Ray, below left watching from the background as starter Drew Willy runs offensive drills at practice Friday, has three Grey Cup championships and is a shoe-in for a Hall of Fame nod when he eventually hangs up his cleats.

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But his recent spate of injuries, and his more than 15 years in professional football, are working against him when it comes to leading his football team into the playoffs this year, and the next.

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So that’s why the Argos traded a pretty good cornerback in TJ Heath to Winnipeg for Willy to leapfrog ahead of backups Logan Kilgore and Dan LeFevour.

The Argos’ “Quarterback Club”, below, is deep. The only untested arm in the bunch is Cody Fajardo, bottom right.

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Dan LeFevour, below, showed promise in Hamilton for the Tiger-Cats a few years ago, but was lost in the shuffle when Zach Collaros came to Steeltown. LeFevour even guided the Argos to a win at home against Collaros and the Ti-Cats on September 11 this year.

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Coach Scott Milanovich’s problems – not the least of which is a 5-win and 9-loss record so far this year – run deeper than just who takes the snaps during games.

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The Argos’ release of four receivers – Tori Gurley, Kevin Elliott, Vidal Hazelton, and Phil Bates – from the squad this past Monday after a 38-11 loss to the Montreal Alouettes, is indication Milanovich is either shaking up the roster for football reasons, or is attempting to establish control of his team in the locker room.

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Whatever the case, the rest of the season for the Argos should be, as I said before, ‘hair raising’.

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