Making an impression

Adrian Mayes (No. 43) quickly has made a name for himself at Argos camp. (Sun Media/Greg Henkenhaf)

Adrian Mayes (No. 43) quickly has made a name for himself at Argos camp. (Sun Media/Greg Henkenhaf)

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Adrian Mayes wants to make people forget about Antonious Bonner, but that's not going to happen if he keeps playing like the departed veteran.

Mayes, a Louisiana State product who spent time in the organizations of the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals before signing with the Argos last month, was a defensive standout in a pre-season game against the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday.

His new head coach was still buzzing about Mayes play at practice yesterday.

There are few holes to be filled in the Argos' defence, but Mayes has shown he could be capable of taking over from Bonner, who was not re-signed after 10 years with Toronto.

"He is a guy we were really excited about, even before the game," Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said of Mayes. "The guys are already calling him Bonner, just from his demeanour, the way he plays, the way he hits. Antonious Bonner was a great linebacker. (Mayes) is being compared to someone we think is pretty celestial, and that bodes well for him.

"The outlook is bright, as long as he understands the greatest mountain of work is ahead of him. He's a real level-headed team guy."

A 26-year-old native of Mississippi, Mayes recovered two fumbles, had a sack and recorded three tackles against the Alouettes.

A devout man whose wife and daughter are in Houston, Tex., as he tries to earn a job in the CFL, Mayes is not about to assume that a solid performance in one game is enough. But he knows it was a good start.

"I could listen to everyone saying, 'Hey, man, you're doing well and you're going to make it,' but I am never going to get to the point where I feel I am comfortable that I have a job until that time comes," the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Mayes said.

"I'm pretty happy about the game. It just happened that everything worked out in my favour, with getting on the ball and making tackles and being a game-changer."

When he has not been on the field, Mayes has been text-messaging his wife Demetrice on an hourly basis. Their daughter, Amare, turns one on Saturday.

"I will miss her first birthday, but she knows Daddy has to work," Mayes said.

"The Bible tells you that if a man does not work, he does not eat. If you aim for nothing, you hit your target every time."

BRIEFLY

The Argos yesterday signed former NFL wide receiver Frank Murphy, most recently of the Miami Dolphins, and offensive lineman Rob Austin. Three imports -- offensive guard Charlston Gray, offensive tackle Woodly Telfort and cornerback Antonio Thomas -- were released.


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