Posted by: Jeremy | September 18, 2009

Argos look build off win, face B.C. Saturday


Dominique Dorsey's return should add a spark for the Argos

Dominique Dorsey's return should add a spark for the Argos

In case an overtime win against Hamilton last Friday wasn’t enough to boost the Argos’ spirits, they’ll regain another edge tomorrow night with the return of special teams standout Dominique Dorsey. Dorsey, the 2008 CFL Special Teams Player of the Year, makes his season debut Saturday when the Argos (3-7) face the Lions (4-6) at B.C. Place.

The Argos added the return specialist to their roster earlier this week when he was a last-second cut by the NFL’s Washington Redskins. The five-foot-seven running back was originally told he’d stick as a member of the team’s practice squad, only to have the decision changed on Sunday. Now he’s back in Double Blue and ready to contribute — whether it’s just on special teams or also in the backfield will be determined by head coach Bart Andrus come game-time.

“I’m looking to do anything for this team at any given time,” Dorsey said Thursday. “I’m looking forward to having my hands on the ball in some type of way. If it’s in the near feature, then all the better.”

While Dorsey’s offensive role will likely develop as he adapts to Andrus’ playbook, the Argos coach can continue to count on running back Jamal Robertson, who rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Hamilton. Robertson is fifth in the league with 654 rushing yards and tied for second with six touchdowns. He has also emerged as quarterback Cody Pickett’s top target, catching a team-high 46 passes.

Robertson rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns last week against Hamilton

Robertson rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns last week against Hamilton

“He’s a great player,” Pickett said after practice Thursday. “Anytime you get the ball in his hands good things are going to happen.

“Even in our passing game — he’s a huge part of that. If they’re soft and leave him alone in the backfield, you give him the ball and big things can happen.”

Pickett overcame a personal obstacle himself last week, earning his first career win in his sixth start. He completed 20-of-31 passing attempts for 254 yards, and currently sits third in the CFL with a completion rate of 65.3%. In four starts and a relief appearance, Pickett has thrown just one interception.

The Lions, meanwhile, received some bad news regarding their starting quarterback yesterday — Jarious Jackson, who led a B.C. fourth quarter comeback against the Argos at Rogers Centre last month, will be sidelined at least three weeks with a rotator cuff injury. Buck Pierce, who started B.C.’s 36-28 win over the Argos but left with a concussion, returns to start Saturday.

The loss to B.C. was the second in a string of three straight home games the Argos lost after holding a fourth quarter lead. Against Hamilton, Toronto held a 19-12 lead before allowing Tiger-Cat quarterback Kevin Glenn to scramble 18 yards to tie the game with 25 seconds remaining. Though Andrus was pleased with the team’s defensive stand in overtime against Hamilton, he’d prefer the defense to finish things off in regulation.

“The stop in overtime was big,” Andrus said. “I would’ve prefered to see it in the fourth quarter, but we’ve learned from that.

“I think our defense is playing with confidence now,” he added. “We’re tackling well, defending the pass well. We’ve taken steps to improve, and hopefully we can make it a different outcome than when they came to our building.”

The Argos and Lions kickoff at 10 pm Eastern — seven local — tomorrow night.

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Responses

  1. Well, this is an interesting article. Lots of stats and comment of player of other players which is great for the media but there still isn’t the drive coming from players that is need to win and it should all be about winning.That is what they are being paid for and every game should be like going in to battle like the movie 300. They should watch this movie before every game to help give them some game. I feel the team has lost that drive that sport is all about……

    desi cozier

  2. Hey man, whatever it takes to light a fire! Thanks for the comment!


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