Joseph unfazed by Bruce trade

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

As far as Kerry Joseph is concerned, it's business as usual as he gets set to face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this Saturday.

Joseph experienced football life without Arland Bruce last week when the Argos suspended the volatile receiver following a series of transgressions and public comments that were critical of Joseph and head coach Bart Andrus.

Following yesterday's trade of Bruce to Hamilton, Joseph had no reaction because one wasn't required.

Last week, the Argos ran the ball a lot because they felt the Bombers were vulnerable along the ground.

The windy conditions also made throwing the football a risky proposition.

In the return game at Rogers Centre, weather, obviously, won't be a factor.

What concerns Joseph is getting familiar with newcomers Cory Rodgers and Chad Lucas.

"Our offence hasn't changed a bit because the next guy has to step in and coach has preached that since the opening day," Joseph said.

DEEP THREATS

Yesterday marked the first time Rodgers, who has CFL experience with the B.C. Lions, and Lucas hooked up together following a brief union with the Green Bay Packers three years ago.

Both are considered deep threats.

"This is a second chance for me and I'm looking forward to the opportunity," Rodgers said.

Lucas was recently cut by the St. Louis Rams. There were NFL teams interested, but he wanted to play.

The added bonus was his relationship with Andrus, who coached Lucas in the NFL Europe.

"The terminology is exactly the same," Lucas said.


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