QB Brady gets his chance

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

The future starts now for Marcus Brady.

For the first time since he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a trade from the Argos prior to the start of the 2004 regular season, the 25-year-old will start a game for Hamilton.

It happens tonight when the Tiger-Cats (0-5) play host to the surprising Ottawa Renegades, who have a 3-3 record after winning only five games last year.

"Usually, I'm coming off the bench in the third or fourth quarter," Brady said. "This time I'm going to be 'amped' before the game and I'll be ready to go."

Regular starter Danny McManus still is bothered by the thumb on his throwing hand he injured in the second half of last Saturday's 36-30 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. He will dress tonight, but only be used in an emergency.

NO JONES

Khari Jones, who had been signed by the Tiger-Cats early last week, is slated to backup Brady, who threw two touchdowns including one on his first pass, in relief of McManus.

"All I can do is go out there and play," Brady said. "I feel confident from my performance last week and I'm anxious to get back on the field."

Much had been made of Jones, who won the league's Most Outstanding Player award with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2001 but bounced around between the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton for the past year and a half.

"We split the reps in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday and Marcus threw the ball better," Tiger-Cats head coach Greg Marshall said. "That was it. On top of that, he has been here for a couple years, he did a good job in Edmonton when we put him in. He's probably more familiar with the playbook than Khari is, but the bottom line was he practised better."

Marshall said Brady won't be on a short leash.

"We're not going to panic with him," Marshall said. "It may take him a series or two to settle down. We know he's going to be a little nervous, but it's going to be up to our guys to support him."


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