Talbot wants the ball

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Andre Talbot has become a forgotten man in the Argos' offence and is feeling frustrated.

The Argos wide receiver, who had been so prominent early in the season, has been overlooked in recent games. He hasn't caught a pass in two of the past four games and only has 10 receptions in the past seven games.

"The last month and a half has been a little frustrating just because I don't feel like I've been able to contribute to the offence and do what I know I can do and help the offence flow, which I don't think we've been doing as good as we usually can," he said yesterday.

"I'll still be doing my job and working hard and running good routes and getting open. Sometimes the ball's not going to come your way and you've just kind of got to deal with that. We're getting into that playoff stretch, so what happens in the last month and a half doesn't really concern me if we have a good playoff run and get back to the Grey Cup. That's just my focus right now."

In the the first nine games he had 28 catches for 381 yards and appeared to be on pace this season to eclipse his total output from his first three seasons combined, which amounted to 59 catches for 721 yards.

"I don't think it has been a particular game plan to stay away from me, it's just how the games progressed on the field," he said. "I think I've been there and I've been ready to play and catch the ball and do my things, but the quarterback's dealing with a lot of other things in his face. When the time comes to being one of the primary receivers or at least getting a few balls a game, I'll be ready."

Quarterback Damon Allen said the offence has changed from the first nine games of the season. That includes trying to implement more of a run game with a two-back set and also trying to stretch the defence.

"You can't play 18 games and not run any deep routes or even throw any deep balls," he said. "At times you have to be able to back defences up so you can run your offence like you want to."

Remembering Wendy

The Argos attended the funeral yesterday of Wendy Walsh, whose son Chuck is one of the team's defensive lineman. Wendy died on Monday night, three weeks after undergoing a double-lung transplant. The team has taken up a collection to help Chuck and his siblings pay for the funeral.

"Mrs. Walsh changed a lot of peoples lives," linebacker Kevin Eiben said. "She was always there at practice, bringing us cookies, doing whatever she could. She loved the game of football and she loved being a part of the Argo family. We were all grateful that she was there for us."


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