Butler's solid effort some comfort for Argos

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

This past off season, he wasn't good enough to remain on the Saskatchewan Roughriders' roster.

In training camp, he couldn't get higher than fourth on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' depth chart.

But Rocky's road hasn't quite hit a dead end yet.

Rocky Butler, the Argos fourth starter of this wild 2007 season, looked more efficient than at least two of those predecessors last night.

Completing 23 of 32 attempts for 303 yards, it was easily the most productive game at the position for the Argos this season.

Still, it wasn't enough to halt what is now a horrid four-game losing streak for the Boatmen, who fell 24-13 to the Green Rider team which felt Butler was expendable.

"He really gave us a chance, he did enough for us to win the football game," Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said of Butler, who almost led the team to a comeback win a week ago in Montreal.

Unlike the loss to the Als, when he was picked off four times, Butler took better care of the ball last night.

His lone interception was all on receiver Frank Murphy, who bobbled a pass that was right in the numbers.

Butler's lone touchdown toss was a precision strike of 34-yards to Arland Bruce, a big third-quarter play that raised the possibility of a dramatic comeback.

Butler said the leadership he showed was by design.

"I felt very comfortable, I felt like there was no pressure," Butler said. "Stand back there and throw the ball."

The Argos are under no illusion that Butler will be the answer to the quarterback woes.

Michael Bishop, who is the clear No. 1 when he returns from injury, is most likely to be back for the Labour Day Classic in Hamilton.

But until then, they can take comfort in the fact that Butler can at least give them a chance for a win.


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