Robertson rushes to starting job

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Jamal Robertson has won the job as the Argonauts' starting running back.

"It's safe to say he is going to be the guy who we are going to start the season with, start the two (pre-season) games with," coach Bart Andrus said.

"Where (other running backs) are cluttered up is right there behind Jamal. We need to find a guy who can take the load of being the backup and play special teams for us. It's going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. I would anticipate it will start to clear up after the first (pre-season) game and going into the second pre-season game."

Robertson led the Argos in rushing last season with 645 yards and ran for six touchdowns, and caught 27 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown.

His main competition in camp has been Tyler Ebell, who has recovered fully from the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in camp a year ago, and newcomer Jarrett Payton, the son of NFL legend Walter Payton, who was signed last week.

"It's Step 1," Robertson said. "Now I have to hold up my end of the bargain. My thing is I have to be there for the team whenever it needs me in any phase of the game."

Backing Brown

Jonathan Brown's time with the Argos could be slipping away, but there is little the defensive end can do about it. Brown has been sidelined by a degenerative disc problem in his back.

"The further it goes, the further behind he gets," Andrus said. "Come opening day, we have to have guys who can play."

Ronald Flemons has been taking reps at Brown's spot and has been good.

"If (Flemons' reps) are anything like he has shown in practice, he will be impressive," Andrus said.

Briefly

No Argo is wearing No. 50, a nod to the career of Mike O'Shea, who was released by the club in February but did not retire ... Among the Montreal Alouettes who are not scheduled to play tomorrow night against the Argos are quarterback Anthony Calvillo and receiver Ben Cahoon.


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