Barker: Receivers ‘need to play better’

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

TORONTO - The tale of the tape bolstered what Jim Barker already knew.

Argonauts receivers won no sticky-fingers contests last season and that did not change much Thursday night in the 2010 opener, as dropped balls and fumbles were part of the larger picture in the loss against Calgary.

“They need to play better,” Barker said after reviewing game film.

“That is as a group, collectively. They had a couple of fumbles (by Chad Owens and Jeremaine Copeland) which is not good enough. We dropped a couple of balls (Brandon Rideau and Jeff Webb).

“When you have a young quarterback (or, in Cleo Lemon’s case, inexperienced), you can’t do that.”

The Argos had 192 yards receiving, but that there could have been more bugged Barker during the weekend. And that the receiving corps is not chock full of CFL experience doesn’t matter.

“They know they have to be better for us to take the next step,” Barker said.

“It’s hard to tell (how long it will take for Lemon and the receivers to jell).

“What’s going to happen is you will see improvements, and then it will be, ‘Wow, these guys have chemistry.’ I don’t think it is something that you say takes three games or four games or 17 throws. It just happens.”


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