Medlock trade bait?

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

Some random observations from the Argonauts’ victory in Winnipeg on Friday night, their third win in as many seasons at Canad Inns Stadium:

Rookie kicker Grant Shaw is making people forget that Justin Medlock remains an option for the Argos. Shaw has made all five of his field-goal attempts, including a 52-yarder into the wind against the Blue Bombers. As far as Medlock goes, it would not come as a surprise if the Argos try to trade his rights. General manager Adam Rita and head coach Jim Barker might want to see Shaw through one more week, but the kid clearly is a keeper … Much has been made of Cleo Lemon’s ascension, and rightly so. But the Argos got lots of out running back Cory Boyd, who made a habit of breaking through the first tackle. Boyd fought for every inch of his 109 yards on 19 carries, and got his first CFL touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter. It seemed like it took three Bombers to bring Boyd down every time he rushed … Punter Jamie Boreham’s veteran savvy resulted in a significant play in the fourth quarter. With the Argos up 31-27, Boreham punted deep into Winnipeg territory, angling the ball perfectly so it bounced out of bounds at the three-yard line. Three plays later, Bombers punter Mike Renaud was forced to take a knee in the end zone, giving the Argos two points on a safety touch.

At the half ...

When Barker reviewed film with his players during team meetings on Saturday, it’s safe to bet some poor tackling made his hair stand up. Had the tackling been up-to-par, the Bombers might have had two fewer touchdowns and the game would have been a rout in the Argos’ favour. Terence Jeffers-Harris twice got away from Argos defenders to score majors, and the first one, when Samuel Joseph couldn’t bring him down, especially was bad. That the defence let up and allowed another Jeffers-Harris TD with 16 seconds left was not good … We’re still waiting for a breakout game from slotback Jeremaine Copeland, who had just 40 yards receiving for the second week in a row. Perhaps it comes against the Stamps, the team that traded him, on Wednesday ... Jeffery Webb led the Argos with 52 yards against the Bombers a week after playing poorly versus Calgary.

Three-minute warning

If special-teams co-ordinator Mike O’Shea has any more tricks up his sleeve, be thankful. Ejiro Kuale’s return punt for a single at the end of the first half was refreshing. Hopefully there’s more of that outside-the-box thinking as the season progresses … The Argos committed no turnovers, something that has not happened in recent memory … Pound for pound, there might not be a tougher Argonaut than receiver Ryan Christian. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Christian, signed as a free agent in May, loves to throw his body around on special teams. That has put him in Barker’s good books … Thanks to little time to prepare for their game against Calgary, the Argos players will be back on the field for practice on Sunday. Next weekend, the players have three full days off … Now on to the injury front — the Argos might be without offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl for a while after he suffered a foot injury. Linebacker Jordan Younger was taken out of the game after, the team believed, he had an allergic reaction to something.


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