Pickett eyes Argo tilt

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

Just hours after surviving the last round of training camp cuts, third-string quarterback Cody Pickett was quizzed on the Stampeders’ upcoming schedule.

Nobody needed to remind him the Toronto Argonauts were the first team coming to town.

“I know,” Pickett grinned. “I know who’s coming.”

Question is, does he know anything about them now?

Pickett spent two seasons with the Argos, but the 30-year-old pivot was released not long after newly-hired head coach Jim Barker arrived at Rogers Centre in February.

Since then, the Boatmen have been busy on the transaction wire, cutting ties with several established veterans and signing a seemingly endless line of fresh faces to aid the rebuilding effort.

Pickett joined the Stamps in the middle of training camp, showing enough to earn a spot on the roster for Thursday’s season-opener against the Argos (8 p.m., TSN, QR77).

Barring disaster, the third-string pivot won’t get a chance to dissect his old defence.

Turns out, Pickett hasn’t been much help in the meeting room, either.

Most of his knowledge of the overhauled Argonauts squad comes from watching film with his new team. In fact, the guys that worked with Barker at McMahon Stadium might be able to provide more insight than he can.

“We can see what they did in pre-season,” Pickett said. “There is history with the coaches being that Coach Barker is there now. The basic thing you do is run your own offence, execute it, and then adjust to what they are doing on defence.”

In a dozen appearances for the Argos, Pickett tossed four touchdowns and five interceptions. The son of a former Calgary Stampede rodeo competitor, he brings a wealth of experience to the huddle at McMahon Stadium.

“I’ve played a lot of football,” Pickett said. “I was a three-year starter at Washington, I was with the San Francisco 49ers for a couple of years. I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been kind of the journeyman. I played a full season in NFL Europe, started games in the NFL, started 10 or 12 games up here in Canada ...

“I’ve played a lot of football and I feel comfortable, as the years go on, with being able to go out and just manage the game, and that’s all I’m trying to do if I get a chance here.”

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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