He has not come out and said it, but Jim Barker has to be thinking that Cleo Lemon will be his starting quarterback when the Argonauts open the regular season on July 1.
When asked on Sunday morning if Lemon is the prototypical Canadian Football League quarterback, a guy who blends arm strength and accuracy with an ability to be mobile, Barker couldn’t help but think of a star CFL quarterback.
“When I look up, he is wearing that No. 1,” Barker, the Argos head coach, said. “I have seen Henry (Burris, the Calgary Stampeders’ starter) and when I look up, I think it’s Henry.
“They have the same body type. (Lemon) has the skill sets you look for in this league. If he can continue to progress, he has a nice future up here.”
Barker was director of player personnel with the Stamps before he was hired by the Argos.
It remains to be seen whether the Argos carry three quarterbacks on the active roster, as most CFL teams do. Last year, the Argos had just Kerry Joseph and Cody Pickett, while Stephen Reaves toiled on the practice roster until Week 17.
If Lemon emerges as the starter, it would not be surprising if Dalton Bell is his backup. Despite throwing an interception to Willie Pile on Sunday, Bell has been better than Ken Dorsey and Danny Brannagan.
Of the four, the learning curve has been steepest for Dorsey, who has not yet really found a rhythm.
Barker is not ready to tab a guy just yet.
“I think the next couple of days you will see certain guys get more reps than others,” Barker said.
“I was happy with how all of the quarterbacks performed (on Sunday).”