Ex-Stamp eyes Argos role

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 AM ET

Dwaine Carpenter had a hunch his days in Calgary were numbered, but fortunately for him there was someone here in Toronto who knew him, knew what he brought and what he could do.

So despite not learning he was out of a job until just before the end of May, Carpenter, 33, had a nice soft-landing waiting for him in Toronto courtesy of Argonauts head coach Jim Barker, who had been director of player personnel in Calgary.

“I felt that Dwaine brought the skill set that we wanted back there (in the secondary) in terms of his intelligence and his ability to be a leader and he’s the type of character you want in the locker room,’ Barker said.

“When you put all those three things together and the fact that all he asked for was an opportunity to compete ... He wasn’t promised anything and he doesn’t expect anything. He’s here busting his rear end to make this football team.”

The problem for Carpenter is he makes his living in the secondary and that is one area that the Argos actually have some veteran depth.

“There are a lot of good veteran players that are playing at a very high level right now out there,” Barker said.

Carpenter is well aware of the odds he faces, but he also has been around long enough to know that just because the situation appears crowded now — it may be completely different a week or two from now.

“Right now I’m being patient and just seeing where I can fit in,” he said. “Whatever they ask of me, I am going to do.”

Carpenter brings with him four years of experience in both the CFL and NFL.

If the crowded secondary means work on just the Argos special teams, something Carpenter has done well throughout his career, he can handle that.

“As long as I’m contributing to the team in some form or fashion, I’ll be happy,” Carpenter said. “But at the same time with my competitive nature, I want to be out there on the field as much as possible making plays.”

Carpenter is confident football is not done with him just yet.

“Not right now, even though my body feels like it some days,” he said. “I’m not done with football. As long as I feel I have that fire and drive to compete, I’ll be out here trying.”

Minor surgery for Murphy

Absent from workouts yesterday was offensive tackle Rob Murphy. “He had to have some minor out-patient surgery done this morning,” Barker said. “He’ll be back out there Thursday.”

Rookie learning curve

Receiver Spencer Watt made it to practice, but was unable to take part. Barker said the Simon Fraser product, like many rookies before him, found out just how strenuous training camp can be. “Watt has had a hamstring (problem) since the beginning,” Barker said. “That happens with rookies because they don’t understand what getting ready for pro football is all about, so they come in and have a tweaked hamstring. And that’s part of being a rookie that you live with. That’s why when you draft a guy you never expect him to help you the first year.”


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