Argos' Scott home for the holiday

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:08 PM ET

Tyler Scott is heading west this weekend, but not nearly as far as he would like.

As his Argonauts teammates travel to Regina in an attempt to keep their tiny playoff hopes alive Saturday night against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Scott will head to Windsor to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

Gathering with close relatives can be a holiday highlight, but guess where Scott would rather be?

For the second game in a row, the receiver will be a healthy scratch and won’t be on the trip.

“The worst thing about football is watching it from the sideline or on TV,” the 24-year-old said. “Any time I am on the sideline, I just hate it.

“(The Argos coaching staff) wants to go a different way. I had a couple of games where I was not playing up to my potential.”

The Argos offence has been out to lunch for a number of reasons this season. Head coach Bart Andrus had big plays in mind when he took over but that has not translated to the field, where quarterbacks and receivers haven’t clicked and injuries have taken a bite out of the attack.

When non-import slotback Andre Talbot went down with a right leg injury in Week 3, a problem that probably will keep him out for the rest of the season, it was assumed that Scott could step up.

As a rookie last year, Scott looked good and caught 19 passes for 309 yards.

But he has not built on that, dropping more passes than what’s acceptable, and catching just 17 passes for 209 yards.

As a result, Scott has been replaced by Brad Smith, who toiled on the practice roster for eight weeks before he got the call last week.

Scott is a microcosm of the trouble the Argos have had with non-import receivers.

Other than Talbot, there is no savvy vet in the bunch, making the hole left by Talbot larger than it should have been. Mike Bradwell leads Canadian Argos receivers with 277 yards.

There’s a big challenge for Canadians who graduate to the CFL from CIS football, where regular-season schedules call for eight games.

It’s more than double in the 18-game CFL season, and it can take a year or so for young players to adjust.

Scott didn’t play in 2007 after transferring to Western from Saginaw Valley State.

“(Scott) got to a point where guys start to wear down,” Andrus said. “We need to get him to take steps where he can stand up for that many games in a row.”

Still, Scott figured he was ready to step into Talbot’s shoes.

“I wanted to take on that role,” Scott said. “At the beginning of the year, I felt really confident. I just had that mid-season sophomore (jinx) that I could not push through. I hope I get back out there soon.”


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