Davis still getting hang of it

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

Jerome Davis admits he is a work in progress.

The Argos' offensive tackle, who supplanted two-year starter John Feugill in the pre-season, has had some problems in his first year in the CFL as an offensive lineman.

Davis, who was converted to an offensive lineman from a defensive lineman by the San Francisco 49ers in 2002 after lining up on defence with the Calgary Stampeders in 2000, had trouble handling B.C. Lions sackmaster Brent Johnson in a 30-22 loss July 15. Johnson had three of the Lions' eight sacks that night and since then, Davis has spent a good chunk of time studying film.

"I'm still on a learning curve," said the personable Davis, who played parts of three seasons with the 49ers. "There is a lot to learn. I'm trying to absorb as much as I can and learn on the run during the season. I'm picking up things but it's going to be a challenge, like everything else in life."

Despite Davis' struggles, he remains a starter and has coach Pinball Clemons in his corner. Many ex-NFL linemen need a bit of time to adjust to the unique line of scrimmage in the CFL.

"Over time, you kind of learn a bit better the size of the field and positioning and how (opposing linemen) play," Clemons said. "It is a seasoning thing and right now, I think (Davis) feels he got seasoned pretty well. I think he is a real effective player. He had a bad game and he will continue to get better."

The 6-foot-5, 293-pound Davis and guard Mike Mihelic were inserted into the starting lineup on the right side of the line this season to give the Argos a bigger, more aggressive look. The entire line drew some criticism after the Lions game, but Davis doesn't dwell on the past.

"It's just one of those things you've got to take in stride and learn from," Davis said. "As an offensive lineman, you've got to have a short-term memory and focus on getting better."

BRIEFLY

Wide receiver Arland Bruce III, who was banged up against the Lions, participated in no-huddle drills yesterday and is expected to play Thursday against the Montreal Alouettes ... The highlight of practice yesterday came when a dog escaped from his owner and bolted on to the field. The fleet-footed cocker spaniel danced around the end zone before 6-foot-9 offensive lineman Bernard Williams used his long wingspan to grab the dog by the leash. The dog was then returned to his grateful owner.


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