McNeal finds niche at receiver

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Throw the football or catch it?

Reggie McNeal has no problem with the latter. A natural quarterback, McNeal is back at the receiver position for the Argos after making the switch midway through last season. McNeal caught 43 passes for 606 yards a year ago.

"I'm comfortable," McNeal said. "It makes the job easier because now I have to concentrate on one thing. If I want to be on the field, this is my best shot."

But doesn't McNeal pine for the attention that comes with being a quarterback?

"I get jealous," McNeal said with a laugh. "They don't have to do the running, they get to sit back in the pocket and look good. They also get most of the blame, too."

Lefty impresses

Southpaw Stephen Reaves has emerged as the No. 3 quarterback, with another pivot, Kinsmon Lancaster, now lining up at receiver.

"We have been very impressed with Stephen and his ability to get the ball out quickly," coach Bart Andrus said. "He has a quick release and he can zing the ball. Lancaster is an athletic player and he understands the game. He has caught on quickly."

Ebell on the ball

Running back Tyler Ebell has shown no signs of the ruptured Achilles heel that kept him out all of last season.

"He has not missed a step," Andrus said. "That's a tough injury to come back from. The guy is a workaholic. In the off-season, I saw him around the facility more than anybody and it has paid off for him."

Ebell is competing with Jamal Robertson and newcomer Jarrett Payton for the majority of reps in the backfield.

Gridiron bits

The battle between Justin Medlock and Eddie Johnson for the kicking/punting job should go down to the wire. Both former NFL players, Medlock is better at kicking field goals than Johnson, who is the superior punter of the two. Whomever improves more in his weaker area will get the job, as it's doubtful Andrus would carry two kickers ... The Argos have some injuries, but Andrus said they are of the day-to-day variety. Among those watching are Adriano Belli (pelvis), Brian Ramsay (shoulder), Jonathan Brown (undisclosed), Jerome Mathis (undisclosed) and Steve Schmidt (leg).


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