Williams has nowhere to run

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

If Ricky Williams needs an excuse for his forgettable CFL debut, the Argos' offensive linemen have one for him.

"The thing is we didn't give him lanes or any holes or whatever to get started," offensive tackle Bernard Williams said after Ricky Williams rushed for just seven yards on four tries in a 31-3 pre-season loss against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last night at the Rogers Centre.

"If he looked a little timid, that's probably why, because he didn't have anywhere to run (last night). We'll get it together."

With Williams being in training camp for just four days before his first game, the O-linemen didn't have much time to become familiar with their new star.

"It (the limited training camp time) makes a huge difference," Bernard Williams said.

"We're just getting acclimated to (John Avery) and the way he runs the ball.

"I expect a lot better in a couple weeks, especially when the season starts. It's still pre-season."

Ricky Williams' teammates weren't exactly panicking in the wake of his first pre-season effort.

"Once the offensive line jells and everybody knocks off some cobwebs, we'll see what he does," Argos receiver Robert Baker said. "(It's unfair to judge him) especially not (with just) four plays.

"You've got to get a little bit more plays up under him. I'm pretty sure he is going to knock off some adjustments as far as how he hits holes and how he reads the holes and stuff like that. He did what he could, I guess, with what he had."

Baker, an ex-NFLer, said Williams' transition to the CFL will not be a problem.

"As far as him adjusting, it shouldn't be that hard for a running back," he said. "All they've got to do is follow their blocks and hit a hole. There really isn't that much change."

CROSSING THE BORDER

ESPN, which had a crew reporting on the game last night, requested the Argos radio feed from 640 AM to use on its highlight packages. With no live television last night, the Argos' jumbotron feed was made available. But no Florida newspapers had reporters at the game.


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