Ray returns from injury

Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

EDMONTON -- From the outside looking in, there could be some questions hanging over Ricky Ray's head.

The high-priced quarterback is recovering from a separated shoulder last season which forced him to miss the final five games of the year.

On paper, he's also dealing with another new offensive co-ordinator in Rick Worman. Jacques Chapdelaine ran the offence last year, bringing a whack of new signals and ideas to the table.

But in reality, life is just fine for Ray. His throwing arm isn't showing any ill effects from the hit delivered by Toronto's Willie Pile last year that sent him to the sidelines with the damaged right wing.

And the change in offensive co-ordinator hasn't brought a completely new offence.

"We have definitely mixed some stuff we did last year (into this season's playbook) and stuff we have done in previous years," said Ray.

"The biggest difference (this year) is we kind of re-worded what we were calling it and we simplified some things."

One reason the playbook is a mishmash of past years -- with just a sprinkle of new wrinkles -- is that head coach Danny Maciocia has regained some of the control in the offensive play calling.

Worman and Maciocia will communicate during games and together determine the plays being called.


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