Argos sign speedster

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

The Argonauts might have found a player to help ease the pain of losing Dominique Dorsey.

Toronto yesterday signed wide receiver/kick returner Jerome Mathis, who made the Pro Bowl with the Houston Texans of the NFL in 2005 before injuries stalled a promising career.

"We think he will be a very good candidate for the position (of kick returner)," Argos general manager Adam Rita said. "He has a bit of a history of being able to return one to the house and I like that. We'll find out what he can do once he gets here."

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 draft by Houston, Mathis briefly was a human highlight reel. Among his accomplishments, Mathis set a Texans' single-game record of 266 yards on seven returns.

Dorsey departed Toronto for the Redskins after he was named the CFL's most outstanding special teams player for 2008.

At 4-14 a year ago, Dorsey was one of the Argos' only bright spots.

The Argos also signed quarterback Stephen Reaves, who will provide depth at camp.

Ticats sign Carlson

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added what they hope is another piece to their rebuilding puzzle, picking offensive lineman Zac Carlson in the supplemental draft and signing him to a multi-year contract. Hamilton also signed offensive lineman Simeon Rottier and receiver/fullback Darcy Brown.

"These talented, young players represent the building blocks of this franchise," Ticats GM Bob O'Billovich said.

Carlson, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound native of Winnipeg, spent three seasons at Weber State at guard and tackle. By picking Carlson, the Ticats forfeited their first-round pick in the 2010 Canadian draft, TSN reported.

Rule changes approved

The CFL's board of governors have approved four rule changes that in part were suggested by fans.

The rules include:

- Moving back the kickoff following a safety touch, to reduce the number of times a team chooses to take a knee in its own end zone.

- Giving coaches the green light to use so called "wildcat" formations that would move the quarterback around, instead of requiring him to stand behind or under centre:

- Requiring a team that kicks a successful field goal to then kick off to its opponents, increasing the number of kick returns.

- Awarding a team a third instant replay challenge if its first two challenges are successful.


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