Taylor like Belli, minus the kisses

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 PM ET

Eric Taylor is no Adriano Belli, not inclined to kiss an unsuspecting individual, but just as likely to knock out a quarterback when given an opportunity.

And like Belli, Taylor will provide a presence at defensive tackle, capable of stopping the run or applying a much-needed push up the middle.

“It’s been frustrating because nobody wants to get hurt,’’ Taylor said following Wednesday’s workout. “But I’m back and ready to contribute.”

Taylor hurt an ankle in the Argos’ pre-season opener after being acquired from Edmonton in the off-season.

Belli and backup, Etienne Legare, are both nursing foot injuries that will prevent the two non-imports from playing Friday against the host Eskimos.

Taylor is an import, which will force the Argos to adjust their ratio.

“He’s a big physical guy,’’ Argos head coach Jim Barker said of his Taylor. “He’ll make the quarterback uncomfortable.”

The Argos can use a jolt after last week’s 41-10 loss to Montreal, where Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo picked part Toronto’s defence, which was plagued by poor tackling.

Taylor believes his leadership and explosiveness along the line are his biggest assets.

What he doesn’t have is any ill-will toward the Eskimos.

“No hard feelings whatsoever,’’ he said. “They have a good organization over there.”

Recently fired GM Danny Maciocia convinced Taylor to come to Canada.

“I have a lot of respect for him,’’ Taylor said of Maciocia. “It’s one of those things when a team starts with an 0-4 record and the pressure grows.

“People then start to panic.”

Now comes Taylor’s start as an Argo at place that ushered in his CFL beginning.

Belli aching

There was still no word on the extend of Belli’s foot injury.

Not to dismiss Legare’s setback, but Belli is by far the more accomplished player, a key starting Canadian whose absence forces the Argos into making some tough decisions.

When asked to provide an update on Belli, Barker had none because none was available.


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