Argos not worried about Bishop

Bombers quarterback Michael Bishop unloads the ball during practice. (TORONTO SUN PHOTO)

Bombers quarterback Michael Bishop unloads the ball during practice. (TORONTO SUN PHOTO)

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:40 PM ET

TORONTO -- Michael Bishop figures it's just another game, and the Argonauts figure Bishop hasn't had enough time to prepare for it.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers parachuted Bishop into their lineup after they had no offensive thrust in a loss to the Argos last week, but the Toronto players aren't sure that their former teammate has had ample time to study the Bombers' playbook.

The Argos and Bombers end their home-and-home set at the alcohol-free Rogers Centre this afternoon, eight days after the Argos ground the Bombers into submission in Winnipeg with a 19-5 victory.

'COMPLICATED POSITION'

"Quarterback is one of the most complicated positions in all of professional sports," Argos cornerback Jordan Younger said. "They are going to have a limited package for him. There is only so much they can give him that he can remember."

Bishop, who threw four interceptions in Toronto in his only game here last year as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was taking it easy at home in Texas last weekend when Bombers head coach Mike Kelly called. Kelly's three quarterbacks -- Stefan LeFors, Bryan Randall and Richie Williams (who has been released) -- combined for 66 yards passing and Kelly said he knew at halftime there would have to be a drastic change.

Enter Bishop, who had just four days of preparation with the Bombers. That's not much, but Bishop should present a greater challenge to the Argos defence than the pop-gun attempts it faced in LeFors and company.

"I went into Saskatchewan on two days and helped the team win the first two games," Bishop said. "It's the same routes, just different terminology.

"A lot of people say there is a lot riding on this game. But I have been there, done that. This is not going to make someone jump off a cliff if you don't win."

The Argos (2-2) can drop the Bombers (1-3) deeper into the East Division if they win. Both clubs squeezed through a week of upheaval, as Bishop joined the Bombers just in time to see the Argos trade his good friend, Arland Bruce, to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Newcomers Cory Rodgers, who takes Bruce's place at slotback, and receiver Chad Lucas will try to invigorate a Toronto offence that has one touchdown in the past two games.

A Winnipeg victory and the Argos will be on their first eight-game home losing streak in their 136 years of existence. And today marks a full year since the Argos' most recent win at home.

ERRACTIC CAREER

Though Bishop has been erratic at times in his CFL career and has thrown more interceptions (56) than touchdowns (51), the Argos are wary of his strong arm.

"He will feel like Superman if he comes out and completes a few passes (immediately)," Younger said. "Bishop will challenge you. He has a real belief in his arm strength, and at times that has hurt him. But I have been on the side where he brought us back in games when he played in Toronto.

"The pressure is on them. They had a bad performance last week."

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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