Argos have more than a feeling for Boston

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

TORONTO -- His final cuts out of the way, Argos coach Rich Stubler yesterday dropped a juicy bit of news.

Argos fans should expect to see receiver David Boston in uniform Friday night in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers in the 2008 regular-season opener.

Boston had told Sun Media Thursday night that he is ready to start practising, and he will do exactly that tomorrow when the Argos return to the field after a day off today.

"I would absolutely think so," Stubler said of Boston playing against Winnipeg. "It's huge, and gives us a different dimension.

"He is 245 pounds. He walks into a room and looks like (270-pound) defensive end Jonathan Brown. He can run. I'm excited about having him on our football team."

Boston, who was signed by Toronto in April, had a right foot injury when he arrived at camp three weeks ago. Once he visited a specialist, Argos brass figured he would not be of much use. But rather than release Boston outright, the Argos kept his rights when they placed him on the suspended list.

Upon further examination, doctors told Boston he could do without surgery. Boston wants desperately to try to regain the stellar form he had in 2001 when he led the NFL in receiving as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

"I just wanted to make sure my foot was ready to go," Boston said. "I'm ready to roll."

With Boston reappearing, one of the seven cuts was receiver Patrick Johnson, who left Stubler wanting more.

"He did not perform up to where we thought he should perform," Stubler said. "(Bringing Boston back in) had a lot to say with it too."

Also looking for the next flight out of Toronto were receiver Chris Cole, kicker/punter Robert Eeuwes, linebackers Yves Hercule and Eric Maranda, defensive back Jason Shivers and defensive end Seante Williams.

Strong performances by Jean-Nicolas Carriere and James Robinson against Hamilton on Thursday earned them a reprieve from Stubler's paring knife. The biggest surprise in camp, receiver Tyler Scott, also made the club.

The Argos are at 56 players, and must be down to their 46-man roster tonight. But some will be placed on the practice roster.

"I'm not a guy who airlifts people in and I don't have people standing around looking over people's shoulders," Stubler said. "I don't say, 'Your job is on the line.' I say, 'The job is yours, go play and enjoy yourself. Find the security in what you can do and you will be a better player and a better teammate.' "

Stubler has decided who will start at quarterback next week, but would not say whether he will go with Kerry Joseph over Michael Bishop. That, however, would be a safe bet.


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