Foley gaining confidence

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

TORONTO - Ricky Foley is far from feeling completely comfortable in his Argo surroundings, but the strides he's making can only signal better times for a defence that represents the team's strength.

With more playing time on Saturday, Foley was able to be more of a presence from his end spot, applying pressure and a push from a unit that stepped up when the game was on the line.

At his best, Foley is merely reacting and not thinking, using his instincts and unique skills.

It's just that this York University product is so new to the Argos' scheme that he hasn't been able to simply read and react.

"It's been a little frustrating,'' Foley said. "I just have to get out of this mindset where if I do something I'll hurt the team. I need to go full speed.

"At the end of last week's game, I started to feel more comfortable, more in rhythm and it's why I'm looking forward to this week."

A blocked field goal by Foley was one of many big plays produced by the Argos' special teams unit in Regina.

But Foley's biggest asset is lining up at defensive end and using his speed to get to the backfield and disrupt a quarterback's timing or make a tackle for a loss.

"With more playing time comes more confidence and confidence in knowing that you're doing the right thing,'' Foley added. "I need to get to the point where I was in B.C. and it's coming."

With Kevin Huntley back from his one-game injury absence, the Argos have depth on the defensive line.

With Etienne Legare being shipped to Edmonton and Adriano Belli's jury

absence, Foley is a key Canadian piece.

Eric Taylor continues to play well at tackle, while Ronald Flemons has emerged as one of the CFL's top lineman.

Alex Buzbee has lined up at end, but Foley gives the Argos the option to use Buzbee at tackle.

Foley, for those so inclined, decided to wear jersey No. 9 when his familiar No. 95 was already the property of Ejiro Kuale.

He asked for No. 55, but that number is one of four retired by the Argos, a testament to Joe Kroll's career.

The player who replaced Foley in B.C., Keron Williams, sports No. 9 as does Als defensive end Anwar Stewart.

"The number wears on you and I like it," Foley said. "I know Damon (Allen), even though I wasn't a fan growing up."


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