July 11, 2018

Checking Down: Argos close to signing McCluster?

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TORONTO — Word out of Toronto is that the Argonauts have been working out former NFL return-man and Pro-Bowler Dexter McCluster.

The Lions have spent the majority of this week weighing the options they have as Travis Lulay hopes to return to 100 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Eskimos are in dire need of piecing together a full 60 minutes of football to avoid performances like they had last week against the Argos.

All this and more in the latest from Checking Down:

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The BC Lions have been pondering over the return of Travis Lulay all week. the team is set to announce their starting QB for Week 5 on Thursday. (Johany Jutras, CFL.ca)

– Solomon Elimimian is ensuring to not roll over after a disappointing start by the Lions (Matt Baker, BCLions.com)

– Travis Lulay met with medical staff earlier in the week for an update on injury and recovery. Buono not naming starting QB yet. (Lowell Ullrich, TSN 1040)

Lions release last year’s special teams tackling leader Keelan Johnson on Tuesday (Lowell Ullrich, TSN 1040)

– Early signs of a struggle have the Lions asking themselves some tough questions with even tougher answers (J.J. Adams, The Province).

– The Lions continue to ponder over the health of Lulay and whether or not he’s ready to take the helm of the BC offence (Jim Morris, CFL.ca)

– Lions medical staff is wanting to ensure Travis Lulay closes out that last five per cent before returning from injury (Matt Baker, BCLions.com)



Eskimos eager for another shot at the Argos and to correct mistakes that contributed to loss (Dave Campbell, CHED)

– Enough of this late surge stuff, the Eskimos need to start playing a full 60-minutes of football (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun)

Edmonton hopes to reset themselves in time to forget last week’s mistake-filled performance and get back to their winning ways at home (Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun)




Eric Rogers and Terry Williams among others listed as being out of Calgary’s line-up ahead of their game in Ottawa (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun)

– Calgary’s Kamar Jorden sees the advantage in another week of film on REDBLACKS after Stamps spent Week 4 on a bye (Paul Mawdsley, Stampeders.com)

– Paredes has mustered up a perfect performance so far this season as the Stamps kicker (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun)



From his consistency in wearing black to his personnel changes, Chris Jones is one to never change. (Arthur Ward, CFL.ca)

Riders enter their first bye week in a positive mood after defeating Hamilton in Week 4 (Ian Hamilton, Riderville.com)

Chris Jones doesn’t need to change for anyone. A personal letter to the man at the helm of the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Matthew Cauz, CFL.ca) .


Matt Nichols returned to the Bombers line-up last week, and the contrast between how he and Chris Streveler play couldn’t be more satisfying. (Matt Smith, CFL.ca)

Bombers sign former Rider and national DB Jeff Hecht to their practice roster (CFL Staff, CFL.ca)

Chandler Fenner has a maintenance day as he’s the only Bomber not at team’s practice on Wednesday (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

– The Bombers are better off with Streveler not being a mirror-image of how Matt Nichols operates the offence (Marshall Ferguson, CFL.ca



Ted Laurent and the rest of the Ticats’ middle of their defensive front has been causing havoc since Week 1. (David Chidley, CFL.ca)

– The middle of the Ticats’ defensive front continues to cause havoc for opposing quarterbacks (Steve Milton, Hamilton Spectator)

– Landon Rice key to added protection for Hamilton’s offence as he embraces Tight End role in June Jones’ system (Steve Milton, Hamilton Spectator)

– Ticats first overall selection in this year’s draft, Mark Chapman is reportedly considering other options in professional football (Dave Naylor, TSN)

– Through four weeks of play, Johnny Manziel continues to wait for his opportunity with Jeremiah Masoli excelling as leader of the Ticats offence (Jaclyn Hendricks, New York Post



A lot of focus will be on James Wilder Jr. after his performance against the Eskimos, the same team the Argos will be facing this week on Friday. (Adam Gagnon, CFL.ca)

– According to Justin Dunk, the Argos are close to signing former NFL Pro Bowler Dexter McCluster (Justin Dunk, 3 Down Nation).

Back-to-backs don’t always mean the same gameplan with the Argos getting set to take on the Eskimos again in Week 5 (Mike Hogan, Argonauts.ca)

– Argos no longer winless but still have steep hill to climb as the reigning Grey Cup champs prepare for re-match against Esks in Week 5 (Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun)

Argos found a way to get James Wilder Jr. back to his ROY-earning play. Now they need to continue it (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca)




– REDBLACKS’ Rick Campbell is hoping to ensure ‘sustained excellence’ in Round 2 against Calgary (CFL Staff, CFL.ca)

Ottawa needs to execute their gameplan to perfection if they hope to pull out a win against the Stamps in front of their home crowd (Jamie Nye, CFL.ca



According to Als’ head coach Mike Sherman, Stef Logan sustained a sprained ankle in Montreal’s Week 4 loss to Ottawa. (MontrealAlouettes.com)

– Als coach claims Stef Logan suffered a sprained ankle in the injury that saw him carried off the field in team’s loss to REDBLACKS (Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette)