Argo jobs on the line

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Eddie Johnson or Justin Medlock? Quinton Porter or Kevin Glenn?

Pre-season games in the Canadian Football League add up to nothing in the standings, but jobs will be on the line tonight at Ivor Wynne Stadium when the Argonauts and Tiger-Cats clash before hooking up on July 1 in the regular-season opener.

One of Johnson or Medlock, based on their performances tonight, will take over as the Argos' kicker/punter; one of Porter or Glenn, who are slated to play one half each, will get the nod as the Ticats' No. 1 quarterback.

"They're neck-and-neck," Argos head coach said of the competition between Johnson and Medlock. "They have been equally good and equally bad. It comes down to who has been the most consistent performer (in the two pre-season games). Off-hand, you want to make sure you have the guy who can score the points, yet they have been pretty equal, particularly in practice."

Medlock's forte is place-kicking, and Johnson's is punting. One probably will be cut when final rosters are submitted to the league on Thursday afternoon.

The situation is not as critical for Porter, who will be behind centre for the first half, and Glenn. Though the thinking had been that Glenn was acquired from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to be a mentor for Porter, it won't degenerate into the ugliness that the Argos endured last year when former coach Rich Stubler refused to name either Kerry Joseph or Michael Bishop as his starter.

"I know this league, and a lot of times, more than one quarterback will play," Glenn, an eight-year CFL vet, said. "Everybody contributes. I am ready for whatever role they give me, and I think we both are. We will embrace the decision positively."

Ticats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille has a number of decisions to make, saying, "the only thing we know for certain is Nick Setta will be our kicker on opening night."

Porter is not upset that he has not been anointed No. 1, even though it appeared that happened this past off-season.

"There is no tension at all," Porter said. "Every year I have competed with somebody, and I have never had a personal conflict with anyone I have competed with."

One person to watch is Argos defensive end Jonathan Brown.

Andrus said Adriano Belli, who won't play tonight to give his pelvis injury more time to heal, is "the heart and soul of our defensive line" and that Belli "does not have anything to prove."

Interesting that Brown, who was an all-star last year, apparently does.

Brown, stymied by a back injury for much of camp, might not be guaranteed of keeping his job.

Among those vying for work on the defensive line, and who have had good camps, are Ronald Flemons and Ben Ishola.

Briefly

The Argos are affiliated with the London Silverbacks, the North American Football League team involved in a bus crash in Indiana on Sunday. "Our hearts and well wishes go out to the Silverbacks," Andrus said.


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