MISSISSAUGA – Toronto Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich has some tough decisions to make in the not so distant future, more specifically at the wide receiver position where John Chiles has filled in admirably in the absence of injured wideout Dontrelle Inman.
When asked if he expects Inman to be available for this week’s game against Edmonton, Milanovich responded, “I’m expecting him to be able to go”, which begs the question: who comes out of the Argonauts’ starting lineup with Inman slated to return from injury?
The most logical choice would be Chiles. Despite hauling in three touchdowns in just three games as a starter, schematically it makes the most sense – a routine personnel change with Inman returning to the starting lineup and Chiles assuming the backup role.
However, Chiles may not be the odd man out after all. With wide receiver Spencer Watt also sidelined due to a knee injury, Chiles may slide over to the opposite of the football field for the time being.
Once Watt returns, however, a new dilemma will present itself. If Chiles can maintain his tremendous play, it will certainly be a difficult decision for Milanovich to remove the rookie speedster from the Boatmen’s starting lineup.
“They are all good problems to have,” commented Milanovich following his team’s practice on Tuesday afternoon. “They tend to take care of themselves through injuries and other factors.”
Overall, Chiles has racked up 155 yards and three touchdowns on just nine receptions thus far in 2013. If Chiles were to move to the opposite side of the field in order to make room for Inman, veteran wide receiver Mike Bradwell might find himself back on the sidelines in a backup role.
After missing the first four games of the regular season due to injury, Bradwell was re-inserted into the Argonauts’ lineup in week five against the B.C. Lions.
For Milanovich, the Argonauts’ second-year bench boss is not overly concerned regarding his team’s wide receiver situation and says that it is the coaches responsibility to implement different packages in order to ensure that all the receivers can be utilized effectively.
“That becomes a pretty good six-receiver package,” stated Milanovich, looking ahead at what to expect offensively when Watt and Inman return from injury. “We’ll try to find a way to get them all on the field because they deserve it.”
Fact is, a fully healthy Argonauts receiving core can only benefit the Double Blue as quarterback Ricky Ray adds a few more weapons to the team’s already potent aerial attack.