Argonauts tailback job up for grabs

Mitchell Gale (right) hands off to Anthony Coombs during Argonauts practice at York University on...

Mitchell Gale (right) hands off to Anthony Coombs during Argonauts practice at York University on Wednesday. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 PM ET

The good news for Scott Milanovich is that he has four running backs who can play.

The bad news is that only one can line up in the starting backfield.

And so it continues for the Argos’ head coach, the process of trying to identify the starting tailback who will essentially replace Chad Kackert.

It took Kackert time to hold on to the football, execute his blocking assignments and learn the Argos offence, which puts a heavy burden on blitz pickups.

If Ricky Ray isn’t allowed to look downfield and make his reads, go through his progression, it’s of little concern to Milanovich how well a ball carrier runs when his primary job is to protect Toronto’s marquee player, the CFL’s best player by any measurement.

Curtis Steele is the most experienced running back, but he’s entering just his second season in Double Blue.

Anthony Coombs is a rookie Canadian who can be used in the return game.


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