Argos are standing pat

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:57 PM ET

Dominique Dorsey probably will be as good as it gets for the Argonauts.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but as the teams they’re fighting with for a playoff spot that gets further away with each passing week try to bulk up, the Argos aren’t about to make a splash.

Most observers figure the 2009 Argos are dead in the water anyway.

“I don’t see a blockbuster trade down the road, no,” head coach Bart Andrus said yesterday. “We’re just like anybody else in the league, trying to take what we have a surplus of and turn that into something we don’t have. (But) we don’t have any big trade in the works.”

The B.C. Lions yesterday signed quarterback Casey Printers, who was the CFL’s most outstanding player with B.C. in 2004, to their practice roster as Jarious Jackson (shoulder) and Buck Pierce (ribs) recover from injuries.

That transaction came a day after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers sent receivers Arjei Franklin and Romby Bryant, a draft pick and the rights to another player to the Calgary Stampeders in a trade for receiver/returner Titus Ryan, receiver Jabari Arthur, defensive lineman Odell Willis and two draft picks.

It’s doesn’t have the magnitude of Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs, but it’s a large swap nonetheless.

Dorsey joined the Argos for their game in Vancouver on Saturday night and was limited to special teams. There’s a good chance Dorsey will take some snaps at running back on Saturday night when the Argos visit Winnipeg.

The Lions (5-6) are being chased by the Argos and Bombers, both 3-8, for the probable final playoff berth. But neither the Argos nor Bombers has done much to suggest it is up for a true run at the Lions. And seriously, does anyone expect a team coached by Wally Buono to falter enough in the final seven weeks to kiss a playoff spot goodbye?

As much as what other teams will have an impact on how the Argos finish, Andrus isn’t giving the standings a second thought.

“I don’t get into scenarios and who has to beat who and all that,” Andrus said. “All I focus on is the next game and us trying to beat Winnipeg.”

Argos quarterback Cody Pickett is 1-4 as a starter after taking over from Kerry Joseph and it’s obvious he will continue to start unless he gets hurt. Andrus is willing to live with Pickett’s mistakes, as the coach views them as part of the learning curve.

“You look at a guy you would like him to become, a guy like Anthony Calvillo,” Andrus said. “(Pickett) has a bright future, a long career ahead of him in this league. He is really just beginning to crawl.”


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