Grant Shaw has taken the instruction to heart.
The Argos rookie kicker will be looking to remain perfect on field goals when the team entertains the Calgary Stampeders in its home opener on Wednesday night — and be a presence on punt coverage.
“That’s what they told me as soon as they drafted me. Be ready to run and be ready to kick, so that’s what I have done,” Shaw said. “Their confidence in me right now is high, and that’s what I need them to think. I need them to know I am going to go out there and do my job like I am supposed to do.”
Shaw hasn’t missed on five field-goal tries, including a 52-yard beauty versus Winnipeg last Friday. Drafted by the Argos 11th overall in May out of the University of Saskatchewan, Shaw missed only four times in 23 attempts in his last year of school.
His longest field goal last year was from 55 yards.
“Part of (making the 52-yarder against the Bombers) was not trying to kick it too hard,” Shaw said.
Shaw’s poise has made a return by Justin Medlock, who has cleared waivers after being cut by the Detroit Lions, unlikely. The Argos could wind up trading Medlock’s rights.