The only real change to the quarterbacks on the Toronto Argonauts 2017 roster as the team prepares for their second pre-season game Friday is the colour of their warm-up jerseys.
Ricky Ray, in his 16th CFL season, is still the top signal caller, Drew Willy is still the capable back-up ready to step in should Ray falter, and Cody Fajardo and Jeff Mathews will be wearing the headsets or handle the holder duties on extra points.
‘Orange’ you glad new Toronto head coach Marc Trestman has maintained consistency at the QB spot to start the year?
There should be a confidence in Trestman’s decision to keep the status-quo behind centre at the beginning of the year, since the 2009 CFL Coach of the Year is known across North America as a coach who knows how to get results from his quarterbacks.
Trestman, who comes back to the CFL after a couple years in the NFL as Ravens offensive coordinator and Chicago Bears head coach, won two Grey Cups in three appearances with Montreal between 2008 and 2010. He takes over for Scott Milanovich who was relieved of his head coaching duties at the end of last season.
The Argos are definitely looking for some ‘net results’ from Ray and Willy, below, after a few seasons of inconsistencies resulting from a number of injuries to Ray and his year-long stint on the sidelines after shoulder surgery two years ago.
Sacramento State product McLeod Bethel-Thompson, below, is a recent free agent acquisition who has spent most of the last handful of seasons getting bumped around the practice roster of many NFL squads.
And young CFL newcomer Dakota Prukop, below, finished his US college career with half as many rushing touchdowns as passing majors.
Marshall McFadden, below, returns to the Argos’ defensive side after getting 34 defensive tackles and a pass knockdown in his eight regular season games last year for the Double Blue.