The joke's on Ricky Foley

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

Ricky Foley has a man in his sights other than Steven Jyles.

While theres no doubt that Foley who tied for the Canadian Football League in quarterback sacks in 2009 will do everything in his power to bring the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback to the turf on Sunday afternoon, he also has put a target on Argonauts teammate Willie Pile.

Burned

The latter convinced Foley, signed by the Argos this week after he was the CFLs most outstanding Canadian last year with the B.C. Lions, to address the team after the walk-through on Saturday. Pile figured it would be inspirational for Foley to talk about his Grey Cup win a few years ago in B.C. and about his recent experiences of trying to land a job in the NFL.

When Foley opened his mouth to start talking, he managed to say a few words before the Argos scattered, unsuccessfully suppressing laughter as Foley stood there, looking like a dope.

Im not sure how, but Im going to get Willie back, Foley said. That was good, really good. Im sitting there, thinking, What the hell am I going to say to these guys?

So I walk in and Im like, Well, uh, the only thing I have to say is ... and everybody started walking away. You have to appreciate a good joke like that. It was funny.

But the joke on Sunday could be on the Bombers, who will see lots of Foley even though the defensive back is not slated to start. Foley will work into the mix with fellow defensive ends Ronald Flemons and Alex Buzbee.

He will play a substantial amount, Argos head coach Jim Barker said. We have a couple of packages for him and he will spell Flemons and Buzbee. He will give us a little different dimension off the edge than those guys give us.

He is more of a speed rusher, and (against) a quarterback like Jyles, who runs so well, that kind of speed really helps.

Foley is ready to play, both in a physical and mental sense, but wasnt sure what would unfold on the Rogers Centre carpet. After all, he has not played in a significant game since last year.

I usually feel like I am in better shape and more comfortable in the second half of the season, the 29-year-old native of Courtice, Ont., said. Starting now, I am not sure how it will be. It will go on how my legs are.

Although some of Foleys former Lions teammates took wide verbal swipes at him after his last-minute decision to spurn the Leos in favour of the Boatmen, that he was the centre of a joke on Saturday indicated hes one of the guys in Argoland.

Thats the kind of things teams are built on, Barker said. They are going to remember that 20 years from now.

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca


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