Steady dose of Boyd means good things for the Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:29 PM ET

Don’t be surprised to see Argonauts running back Cory Boyd try to pound the football up the middle on Wednesday night.

The plan worked against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a Week 2 Argos win, and head coach Jim Barker wants to rely more on Boyd.

“Everything softens up when you can run the ball physically,” Barker said. “At the end of the game, when we were up by six, we needed to run the ball to run the clock.

“That’s when you can tell a good running team, when you can run the ball when the other team knows you are going to run the ball. That’s what we are striving for, is to be a team that can run the ball when we want to run the ball.”

That’s the kind of team the Calgary Stampeders are. No matter what the Argos do on offence, if Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds gains more than 100 yards on the ground, Toronto probably won’t win. Reynolds averaged 6.4 yards a carry on a league-high 1,504 rushing yards in 2009 and currently is third with 214 yards.

“He will keep his feet moving,” Barker said. “If you don’t focus on every snap, that’s the one he can break for a 20-yard gain. He has proven to be the best in the league, and is a great challenge for our players.”

Argos tackle Adriano Belli didn’t play in Week 1 against Calgary because he was suspended. His presence could mean that Reynolds, who had 116 yards against Toronto two weeks ago, is not as effective.

Just keep an eye on Boyd when the Argos have the ball.

“We have to utilize him more,” Barker said. “He is a physical back and the first guy rarely makes a tackle. I think (Winnipeg’s) pass rush was negated because we were able to run the ball at them and that slows down the defensive ends. That has to be a part of what we are.”


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