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Adam Gagnon
 

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO -- While the Grey Cup theme is continuing this year with a celebration of the 1983 Toronto Argonauts, who ended a three-decade Grey Cup drought for the franchise, coach Scott Milanovich is a lot more focused on the future as he prepares for the 2013 campaign.

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"All this talk about last year makes me uncomfortable because I know it's an entirely new challenge this year and the quicker that we're able to turn the page as an organization I think the better,'' he said.

He said he's happy with the way quarterback Ricky Ray is continuing to play after seeing him throw in Florida at an evaluation camp. And now that Ray has become more comfortable with the Toronto offence, they expect a faster start from their star.

The trade with the Eskimos that brought Ray to Toronto has certainly paid huge dividends. But with a quarterback born in 1979, the future remains a concern.

Then there is what to do if he should get injured again. Last season he was sidelined by a mid-season knee injury, but it didn't require surgery and he was able to return fairly quickly.

Former BC quarterback Jarious Jackson was their short-term insurance policy last year and he has since moved on, leaving only Trevor Harris and Zach Collaros in the bullpen.

They both joined the Argos in 2012 and Barker is high on them but they have thrown a combined 15 completed passes in the CFL.

It seems this season's contingency plan may be former Blue Bomber backup Alex Brink, picked up April 30 after his release. In three seasons with the Bombers he completed 225 of his 397 attempted passes for an average of 56.7 per cent and 13 touchdowns.

He was also used as the go-to-guy for short yardage situations and has a record of 462 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

For much of last season he also shared the starter's duties with Joey Elliott (also released by the Bombers) when Buck Pierce was sidelined with a string of injuries.

The demands the Argos are placing on any potential backup aren't small.

"Our goal is to find that guy, if Ricky goes down, we can win a Grey Cup with, and that's what we're looking for, whether its Alex or Zach or Trevor,'' said Barker.

Since their Grey Cup win, the Toronto Argonauts have worked hard to deepen their Canadian talent pool.

That continued Wednesday with the signing of Cleyon Laing. The defensive lineman was Toronto's first pick last year in the CFL draft.

General manager Jim Barker also pointed to the acquisition of defensive tackle Jermaine Reid, linebacker Akwasi Antwi, defensive back Jonathan Hood and linebacker James Yurichuk.

"We're excited about those additions to our Canadian contingent,'' he added, noting they locked up guard Joe Eppele right after last season ended.

"We think that his strongest years are these ones coming up.''

Barker also had praise for receiver Spencer Watt, who he said has matured in his three years in the CFL.

"He's growing into his body and his professional self,'' he said. "We're excited to get those two guys extended.''

On a CFL conference call, team CEO Chris Rudge kicked things off by talking dynasty after last year's Grey Cup win and a lot of marketing success.

Not that the Argos don't have challenges, such as occasionally looking for a place to play as they compete for space under the Rogers Centre dome. Their practice field will be back at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus and the site of their exhibition home game this season will be Varsity Stadium.

Fan Comments
tabbiefanmcb
Argos and seven other teams all wanting to bring the Grey Cup home in 2013!
May 15, 2013 - 10:11pm
als rule
you think? maybe just 6!! LOL LOL LOL
May 20, 2013 - 10:50pm
 
als rule
dynasty indeed!! nothing BUT greed!! good luck LOL LOL LOL!! only good thing about the argos this year is their return to varsity stadium per stade molson in montreal!!
May 15, 2013 - 10:11pm
argofan4life31
prediction............als first in east again...........knocked out in playoffs again....als rule calls for calvillo's head again.......then he forgets that comment by next yrs training camp again....LOLOLOLOL
May 16, 2013 - 9:14am
als rule
AF4L31 what? excuse me? als won back to back GCs then 2 disappointing p/off exits!! so what? that will be corrected this p/off season so not to worry!! your argos will return to their usual position at the eastern conference cellar/basement!! LOL LOL LOL!! now your above comment on AC you know full well that's not what I said as I called you on your same comment last season!! I said I would rather see AC retire then to once again play on a defence like the last 2 seasons that gave AC and the alouettes no chance for a GC!! AC is still the man at QB and still has the ability to lead the team BUT not without a defence!! AC hasn't let the team down BUT the past coaching staff, defence and STs have let AC and the fans down!! get it right now?
May 17, 2013 - 12:30pm
argofan4life31
only won one cup....the other one was the 13 man giveaway....and you talk about conspiracy theories....waaah
May 22, 2013 - 2:00pm