Owens puts fear into Blue Bombers

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:27 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Keying on Cory Boyd will be paramount for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday afternoon against the Argonauts.

But the Bombers know that Chad Owens is capable of giving them headaches, because he has caused head coach Paul LaPolice to reach for the Tylenol in each of the clubs’ two meetings this season.

Owens propelled the Argos to a win against Winnipeg in September when he returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown, and in July, took a missed field goal back 117 yards for a major.

“I’ll say he is one of the more explosive guys we have seen in the last couple of years,” LaPolice said of Owens. “He is one of the more talented players in this league. We have to be very assignment-sound, and we have to make sure when we get an opportunity to tackle him, we do.”

NO GUARANTEES

Argos head coach Jim Barker has taken a hands-on approach to the offence this week, with his main focus on improving the passing game, and has had help from general manager Adam Rita. But Barker understands that his own input might not equal waving a magic wand at quarterback Cleo Lemon and the receivers.

“Who knows?” Barker said. “We might come out and be as bad as we have been, but I can look back and know that this week we made progress (in practice), and the following week more, and the following week more and then we have to be ready for Hamilton (in the East Division semi-final). The basis of the offence is in, and what we have to do is get better at what we were doing.”

LINE SHIFT

With defensive tackle Kevin Huntley out because of a shoulder injury, the Argos will rotate ends Ronald Flemons and Alex Buzbee into the inside. Ben Ishola, who has been activated from the practice roster, will get some reps on the edge. To create room for Ishola on the active roster, cornerback Delroy Clarke, who a day earlier got into an argument with Chad Owens at practice, has been moved to the practice roster.

ARGO NOTES

The Argos cancelled their walk-through at Canad Inns Stadium after strong headwinds made their flight from Toronto a half-hour longer. Instead, the team had meetings at their downtown hotel and met with media afterward ... Cory Boyd said his tender left ankle is fine and he does not expect any issues when he steps on to the gridiron.


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