Dominic Picard is a happy member of the Argonauts and it’s not just because a glance at the big picture shows the club is off to a surprising 3-1 start.
For Picard, the Argos’ centre, the joy is in the smaller details that have helped lead to wins.
In his second season in Toronto following three years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Picard has been given more responsibility and is thriving.
“This year is more what I am used to,” Picard said. “I make the calls up front according to what (the opponents) line up to and I have to change the schemes. I love that. I want to be a leader. Last year was last year.”
Partly as a result of Picard’s quick decisions and those of the offensive line as a whole, running back Cory Boyd has rumbled for a CFL-high 431 yards.
“Dom is doing a great job,” Argos head coach Jim Barker said. “Our centre has to be like our quarterback. He is the one who has to set the protections, he has to set where we run the ball. We put a lot of pressure on him to do that correctly.
“He has spent a lot of time perfecting what he has to do mentally. I would not have had him here if I did not expect that he could be one of the best centres in the league.”