Argos receiver moving outside

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

At wideout, Tony Miles can shoot the lights out.

The Argos wide receiver, who rotated between slotback and wide receiver last season, is playing at short side wideout this season and thinks he can do some serious damage.

The fourth-year player's best season in the CFL came in 2003 when he started all 17 games he played at wide receiver and hauled in 67 catches for 1,005 yards.

"It's a lot of man-on-man out there and I just like the feel of it better," the 5-foot-9, 166-pound Miles said. "You know what you're going to get and it's a lot easier to do the things you need to do."

As a big yards after the catch guy, Miles can thrive outside, where there is less traffic.

"I make one man miss and you can go a long way," Miles said. "I like to think of myself as a dependable guy. And if we need some yards, I feel I can win my matchup and help my team a lot more on the outside rather than the inside."

QUICK TURNAROUND

Quarterback Michael Bishop, who returned to the Argos yesterday after taking part in Arena Bowl activities in Las Vegas this past weekend, doesn't have much practise time to prepare for his 2005 CFL debut.

Argos coach Pinball Clemons said he expects Bishop, the backup to Damon Allen, to receive a good chunk of playing time tomorrow night in the pre-season finale against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"I'd like to play (Bishop) the whole game, but it's not feasible," Clemons said. "I think he's got a great level of understanding of what's going on.

"He's one of those players we call gamers. He can get up at midnight in the middle of the season and go play a game.

"(But) in order for him to be consistently proficient, he needs the timing and the execution and the understanding of things that come with that."

Bishop, who reported to training camp a week late, doesn't feel like he has fallen behind.

"It's important for the team (for him to play), but some of the stuff we're doing I'm still familiar with," Bishop said. "I feel like I retained a lot."

BRIEFLY

The Argos have extended the contract of wide receiver R. Jay Soward, a first-round NFL draft pick in 2000 ... Once again, rookie running back Hakim Hill took the reps with the starters as John Avery (hip flexor) continues to recover from his injury. Hill, who has opened more than a few eyes, also returned some punts.


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