Wr Palmer punches in for duty

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Some good did come out of that Robert Baker-Noel Prefontaine punchup after all.

With Baker serving a one-game suspension handed down by the Argos, backup wide receiver Michael Palmer stepped into a much busier role and came up aces.

The University of Guelph product made a fine sliding three-yard touchdown catch with 23 seconds left, putting the Argos up for good in a come-from-behind 27-26 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last night at the Rogers Centre.

"I knew all week when that unfortunate situation happened last week within our team, I had to step up," Palmer said. "It's funny because it's a totally different mindset preparing to start versus preparing to back up. It was a real struggle for me all week, to be honest, because my mind was going everywhere. It was hard to focus this week, but I did it. We got it done."

Usually the backup to fellow Canadian receiver Andre Talbot, Palmer was on the field for the majority of offensive plays last night and saved his best for last. The third-year receiver went to his knees to haul in a low ball thrown by Damon Allen, sending the crowd into hysterics.

"We're so proud of Michael," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said. "We've got such great confidence in him. He's just one of those great players who have found themselves in that backup role ... He keeps knocking on that door and one day, he's going to knock it down."

With Baker expected to return Friday in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions, Palmer could find himself watching most of the game from the sidelines. While Palmer, like every player, wants to start, he has a team-first attitude.

"You've just got to keep working," Palmer said. "I'm going to enjoy it for a night, but (today) I'm going to watch film and do what I need to do to get better. I have so much room to grow.

"Whatever happens, I just have to keep working hard and good things will happen."


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