Argos remove dancin' shoes

Toronto Argonauts kicker Noel Prefontaine amuses teammates with some foot skills of another sort...

Toronto Argonauts kicker Noel Prefontaine amuses teammates with some foot skills of another sort during yesterday's team practice in Oakville. (Toronto Sun/Ernest Doroszuk)

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The swagger is still there, even though the statistics are missing.

The Argos receiving corps heads into this Sunday's Eastern Division final against the Montreal Alouettes confident in its ability, even if the group has been somewhat dormant in terms of touchdowns in recent weeks.

"Man for man, we have an extremely potent receiving corps," wide-side wideout Andre Talbot said. "It's just been unfortunate the offence hasn't been able to click on all cylinders with an injury here and there. But we're a very confident receiving corps and that's the way we feel about ourselves."

Earlier in the season, when it regularly scored touchdowns and celebrated afterward with choreographed dances worked on after practice, the group called itself the Hot Boyz. Beginning with the signing of Andre Rison in August and continuing with the Labour Day game against Hamilton in which Talbot and fellow receiver R. Jay Soward were thrown out for fighting, the name changed. Now it's the Outlaws and it's about being physical.

Soward has a tattoo of the word from his days playing at the University of Southern California.

"If you look at the tape (of the Argos' semi-final win over Hamilton), you'll see Talbot coming back and blowing up people, R. Jay (who is not considered physical) blowing up people and (Michael) Palmer blowing up people," said slotback Robert Baker, the most physical of the bunch. "We hold ourselves in high regard."

But the dancing is clearly not evident, either in practice and, more specifically, the games.

"We ain't been scoring too many touchdowns lately," said Baker, who choreographed the dances. "That's what happens when you get a quarterback (Damon Allen) who gets hurt and he's just got to get acclimated all over again on how the the receiving corps gets going."

Talbot said there's no time now to work on dancing.

"When we started to roll as an offence, we started to take time to really celebrate on our touchdowns and do all those types of things," Talbot said. "With the injury (to Allen) and us being hot and cold on offence, we kind of got away from that. We're just trying to be more focused getting into that flow of the offence and scoring more touchdowns.

"We just need to get in the end zone more, then we'll start working on the choreographed dances. The Outlaws' attitude isn't about that. We have a bit of a different perspective. Our focus isn't touchdown dances. Our focus is putting in the work and then intimidating the defence backs and secondaries. We just have a bit of a different approach than the Hot Boyz.

"We feel we have the best receiving corps in the country. We feel we're getting open all the time and it's just a matter of time before (the touchdowns happen again). Now that Damon's back he's going to get hot.

"Maybe we'll be calling ourselves the Hot Boyz again."


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