Argos' Shaw is last kicker standing

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

Grant Shaw lost his kicking partner on Tuesday when the Argos cut import placekicker/punter Robbie Dehaze.

It left Shaw the only kicker in camp, which is a good thing, unless you hate being alone.

Fortunately, Shaw likes his alone time just fine.

It doesnt really change anything for me, Shaw said. Im just out here trying to do my thing every day and competing against myself.

While admitting Dehazes departure has to show some level of confidence the coaches have in him, Shaw said hes trying not to let him alter his focus.

Im a pretty strong-willed person and Im here for an objective, he said.

Im here to accomplish that objective and whatever it takes to do that, thats fine.

Still in the Argos plans but unable to practise thus far is veteran CFL kicker Jamie Boreham.

The seven-year vet was obtained in a draft-day trade with Saskatchewan that sent the first overall pick to the Riders in exchange for the second overall pick and a fourth overall pick as well.

Boreham though has a herniated disc in his neck and has yet to pass the Argos physical.

Head coach Jim Barker says he remains in the teams plans.

We should hopefully hear on Jamie any time now, Barker said.

From what I know he has not passed our physical but he is seeing a specialist.

The Argos have two weeks after Saturdays final pre-season tuneup before they begin the regular season.

Barker said that should give the team enough opportunity to sort out the kicking situation.

Also possible, but a scenario Barker was unwilling to comment on, was the return of kicker Justin Medlock who did the job so efficiently last season.

Medlock is in Detroit having been claimed off waivers from the Washington Redskins who released him on the weekend.

Unless Detroits incumbent kicker Jason Hanson comes down with an injury, its hard to see Medlocks stay in Detroit extended much beyond a week or two.

Medlock made it very clear on Tuesday that should he become available he was ready and willing to return to the Argos.

Shaw wisely refuses to get involved in a discussion of what ifs.

Whoever is here is here, Shaw said.

Its just a matter of me going out and doing what I do and that has no influence on who is on the roster or who is on the sideline with me. As long as Im doing my job and the coaches are happy with that, theres nothing really more that I can do, Shaw said.

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca


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