Davis 'starting' over

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Second time around in the Canadian Football League is a lot tougher for Jerome Davis.

When he first played in the CFL five seasons ago with Calgary, the Stamps employed him as a defensive lineman. Now, he's trying out with the Argos as an offensive lineman.

"It's totally different now," he said yesterday. "It's like learning it all over again. At one point when I was a defensive lineman I had to get adjusted to being a yard off the ball, the width of the field, the speed of the game and things of that nature, but now that I'm on the offensive side of the ball it's like starting from scratch."

He made the conversion in 2002 with the San Francisco 49ers. He has played parts of the past three seasons for the NFL club. He spent this past off-season rehabilitating a tricep he tore during his stay in San Francisco and subsequent surgery in February. The problem has been aggravated in training camp but he's trying to work through it.

"I just go to work every day," he said.

"I'm blue collar. That's my approach. Who's not in pain right about now? We're in camp. It's just another challenge I look at."

RUNNING WILD

Running back John Avery has shown no visible signs of the knee problem that kept him out of most of training camp last year and hampered him all season.

He has been making strong cuts and showing excellent acceleration.

Rookie Hakim Hill has been looking solid backing up Avery, but is in tough to make the team because he's an import and the Argos likely won't carry two American running backs on the roster.

PRACTICE LIMITED

The team limited yesterday's training camp session to one practice because many of the players, in particular the receivers, are bothered by minor nagging injuries.


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