On the first day of full training camp for the new-look Argos, coach Bart Andrus still was trying to put names to faces and numbers to names, while middle linebacker Zeke Moreno shared a laugh with players he has tried to crush over the past few seasons.
There were 68 players taking part in yesterday's workouts in Mississauga after eight were cut from last week's mini-camp.
"(Saturday) night was the first time we've seen some of these guys," Andrus said. "But it's not brain surgery, it's football. It's all about tackling, speed and quickness."
Moreno came to the Argos from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats via the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he takes Mike O'Shea's pivotal role.
"I take (bigger) responsibility by default as a middle linebacker," Moreno said. "It's our defence and we set the tone. There has to be a lot of leadership on this team and a lot less distractions this year.
"This is a fresh start and new opportunities for everyone. You get to know people from going up against them for so long. Now you're on the same team with them, so it should be fun."
Comings and goings
In addition to signing Jarrett Payton yesterday, the Argos added import wide receiver Todd Lowber, who was with the club briefly a year ago.
The 68 players do not include a group of first-round picks or injured non-import defensive back Brad Crawford and no-show import defensive end Clifford Dukes.
The team cut seven imports and one Canadian yesterday.
Kick in the grass
Andrus said his NFL-based coaching staff has covered off most of the different rules in the CFL. "Most of the things we're unfamiliar with about the CFL is around the kicking game," he said. "But I feel confident in our special teams coach Steve Buratto. There's a lot of experience there."
Buratto was the team's offensive coordinator under the old regime.