Poole adjusting to defensive signal-calling

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

The Argonauts have an opening at quarterback (relatively speaking) after all and Will Poole has the inside track.

Poole has been having a smart camp at safety, upon whom falls the responsibility of directing the defence.

A cornerback in the past, Poole started four games at safety last year after dependable veteran Orlondo Steinauer was released.

"It's about keying on the whole offence instead of just one receiver, and that has been the biggest adjustment," Poole said. "I'm an outgoing person, so it works well, communicating and trying to get guys lined up."

Poole has been taking the majority of first-team reps, and though coach Bart Andrus wants to see how Poole executes in pre-season games, it's Poole's job to lose.

"He sure has flashed quite a bit so far," Andrus said. "I think he can be the guy who is the quarterback on defence. I have full confidence in him."

Ball to Bruce

Receiver Arland Bruce has been an all-star in three of the past four seasons and Andrus doesn't expect that to change.

"He's a guy who jumps right out of the video at you from last year," Andrus said. "I expect him to pick up where he left off in terms of the kind of playmaker he is."

Said Bruce: "I've learned a lot. I'll be going to the boundary a lot more, and there is going to be more action for me in the new offence."

Briefly

Poole is pulling for the Los Angeles Lakers, who lead the NBA final 3-1 against the Orlando Magic, to win the title. Poole and Lakers power forward Lamar Odom went to Christ the King Regional High School together in the New York City borough of Queens. "It would be great to see one of my good friends win the NBA title, and hopefully I can bring a Grey Cup home too," Poole said ... The Argos wanted to sign running back Amos Allen, but he failed his physical ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed import defensive end Khari Long and released import offensive lineman Todd Londot.


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