No bad blood between Jyles, Bell

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Dalton Bell doesn't look over at Steven Jyles and see an enemy.

The quarterbacks were teammates with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2008-09, and now they're going to try to get the better of one another, along with Cleo Lemon, in the fight to become the Argonauts' starter in 2011.

"We're competing for the same spot but I enjoy his company," Bell said. "In the big realm of this thing it's still life, and I like building relationships with guys. you never know what is going to happen in the future, and I'm not burning bridges or anything. I like being around him."

Bell couldn't have been faulted for burning a couple of bridges last season, or, at the least, making a stink about his situation. he was the best quarterback in camp last year, but shuffled his feet as Lemon started 17 of 18 games in the regular season.

Yet Bell kept his mouth shut. now, his quest to be no. 1 is as legitimate as that of Lemon or Steven Jyles.

"If I do what I think I can do (in training camp and the pre-season games), I'll have a great shot to get that spot this year," Bell said. "I have another year under my belt. having that experience, knowing how (Jeremaine) Copeland or (Chad) Owens is going to run a route is a big help."

Unless he is hurt, Bell will be on the active roster.

Neither Burlington native Danny Brannagan nor newcomer B.J. hall are likely to make that claim.

There's a real possibility that Brannagan, who was on the practice roster for most of last year but was activated for two games, could be gone once camp is done. In the off-season, Brannagan worked as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hamilton and that seemingly would be an attractive alternative to being on the practice roster again.

"I have not thought about that yet," Brannagan said. "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I want to show I can compete."

Hall, at this point, is too green to be anything more than a depth player.

"I just want to get comfortable," hall said. "The main thing is for me to learn from the best we have. It's a brotherhood. That's how you win ball games, you look at each other like brothers."


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