Boyd to take it easier

BILL LANKHOF, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 PM ET

TORONTO - Three concussions this season arent going to slow down Cory Boyd.

But they have made him think.

Im still going to be a hardnosed player and fight for every yard, said Boyd, who was the CFLs leading rusher when he w as injured four games ago. I just have to modify it a bit; be a little smarter.

Boyd has a reputation as a runner whod as soon take on a tackler as be tackled. But he knows if he wants to keep playing long-term, hell have to pick his spots.

In certain situations its GET DOWN! Get down and live to fight another day. Thats what Im focussing on.

Just not something he always practised. Now I understand you have to keep your focus on bettering yourself... I have to be cautious of how I treat my body. Ive only got one; its not like I can press the restart button.

When he was hurt, Boyd had 903 yards rushing but after a quick start the team was fighting to stay above .500; in his last two games he was held to 54 and 57 yards.

Boyd lost his patience. Everything was fine when we had early success but when you dont get as many carries or as many big plays and yardage as you want, then patience goes out the door and all the little things that you tell yourself to fundamentally be conscious of you dont do it anymore. You play off instinct and I think thats what I was doing trying to force the big play. I was trying to force things that werent really there.

Boyd was the centrepiece of the Argos offence and it has struggled without him. The only other ball carrier with more than 100 yards is Jeff Johnson. Despite missing a third of the season, Boyd has scored six of the teams 19 offensive TDs.

We need to get him back, assistant coach Mike OShea. Hes the hardest running back in the league to bring down.


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