McMahon applies knowledge

ROB LONGLEY

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

So what was your welcome to the CFL moment, Mike McMahon?

The former NFL quarterback, who is looking to fight his way up the Argos depth chart, got his first glimpse of three-down football yesterday.

And the free-agent signee was glad he had three quarters to watch before getting the ball.

"(The wait) definitely helped," said McMahon, who led the Argos' fourth-quarter rally by guiding the offence to a pair of touchdowns.

"At first with the kicking game, we took a safety right away and I was like 'Why did we do that?'

"You see the ball bouncing around and guys running around ... it definitely helped to watch."

For a guy who had never seen the CFL before arriving at Argos training camp just over a week ago, McMahon was a quick study.

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Playing mostly against Alouette reserves, McMahon completed six of eight for 123 yards and an interception.

The third quarterback to see action, Eric Crouch, was hampered by poor field position for much of his second quarter audition and struggled. Crouch completed three of seven attempts and also was picked off.

Rookie running back Andre Durie had a welcome to the pros moment of his own. The York University product took his first real hit after missing almost two years of football with a knee injury.

"It felt good," said Durie, who had four catches for eight yards and made a couple of nifty moves. "The first hit I took was kind of a big one. It got the jitters out."

Defensive back Anthony Dorsett Jr.'s hope of cracking the squad took a hit when he suffered a thigh injury. Clemons said the severity of the injury was not determined.


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