They’ve merely scratched the surface but it’s already been quite the season for your Toronto Argonauts. My Argo-tuition tells me there’s more excitement to come!
During last week’s victorious win again the B.C. Lions, I looked for Argonauts fans to appear in the first installment of our Argoheads series. I poked around the Rogers Centre and reached out to Argonaut fans on Twitter to ask the following question: Which player has exceeded your expectations and which player has yet to show his full potential?
Based off of last year’s performance, Marcus Ball. He was one of the best players on defence and honestly he’s exceeded my expectations more this year. He’s building upon his outstanding rookie year and he’s taken more of a leadership role on defence. An honourable mention goes to Shane Horton. He had a few key sacks especially against Saskatchewan. And then Jamie Robinson had an interception against Winnipeg a few weeks ago and almost had one for a return for a touchdown against Saskatchewan. All three of these guys have been one reason why the defence is starting to turn around a little bit. Chad Kackert has yet to reach his full potential. He had a great game against Hamilton and unfortunately he got hurt. We still have a lot of good things to see from him. When he comes back he’ll be hungry – just like Ricky Ray was last year. Before Ricky got hurt he was playing ok, but not great. He studied the play book a little more and when he came back we went on to win the Grey Cup. Go Argos!
Player who has surpassed expectations: Spencer Watt. The 24-year-old receiver first gave Argo fans a taste of what he could do late in the 2010 season, the same year he was drafted, in a pair of stellar performances against Montreal (regular season finale) and Hamilton (Eastern semi-final), combining for three touchdown catches. Watt has steadily improved the last two years, and in 2013 he’s showing that he should be a regular option for Ricky Ray. The Canadian receiver had a memorable night in the season-opening win over Hamilton, reeling in a spectacular touchdown and handling some kicking duties after Swayze Waters was injured. He’s on pace to surpass last year’s receiving totals. Player who has not yet reached his potential: Dontrelle Inman. The often electrifying receiver had a tremendous rookie season last year, recording 50 catches for 803 yards and five touchdowns, while missing three games. His show stopping natural ability makes him a dangerous threat on a weekly basis. If Inman can stay healthy, there’s no telling where his ceiling is as a player. Honourable mention: As I write this at halftime of Tuesday’s game against the Lions, I can’t wait to see more from Zach Collaros. His first start has been beyond impressive and he showed lots of poise in throwing that touchdown pass to Jason Barnes.
I really like Ricky Ray and Chad Owens! They are the best duo in the CFL in my opinion. Ray was an elite QB for years and he’s only getting better. The Ricky Ray trade reminds me of the Babe Ruth trade. The Ray trade made us champs and cursed Edmonton just like the Ruth trade boosted the Yankees and put Boston in a 86-year slump. Just look at last year – Ray guided the Argos to the 100th Grey Cup! We had a good start this year and look at the Eskimos and their curse! Ray and Owens should just keep doing their thing! If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
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