Take your time, coach tells QB

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Argos quarterback Kerry Joseph will get all the reps he needs during the pre-season.

Rookie head coach Bart Andrus said yesterday he will leave it in his incumbent QB's hands when it comes to playing minutes, beginning with Wednesday's pre-season opener against the Montreal Alouettes at the Rogers Centre.

Usually, starting QBs play as little as one quarter or one half in a pre-season game as a tuneup for the regular season.

Joseph, however, is learning a new system and Andrus will give him all the liberties and time he requires.

"I want him to get that comfort level," Andrus said.

J.B. a no-go

Popular veteran defensive lineman Jonathan Brown (back) will not suit up on Wednesday.

Brown hasn't been able to practise and there's a sense around the club that his days in Argoland are numbered.

Talbot all for it

Veteran Argos receiver Andre Talbot endorses the league's rule changes, especially those that apply to special teams.

"Following a made field goal, you no longer have the option to scrimmage the football," Talbot said. "You have to receive it and that is going to maintain the excitement of special teams."

Talbot also likes that teams must now kick off from their own 25-yard-line after conceding a safety touch.

"I like that too as it's going to discourage teams from giving up a safety," he said.


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