Argo back has Wright stuff

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:25 PM ET

All that stands in the way of Dwayne Wright earning a starting role with the Argonauts is the man voted toughest in the Canadian Football League by players in a TSN poll last season.

That would be running back Cory Boyd, so barring an injury to the crushing back, it's not going to happen for Wright. But although Wright has a fairly good idea that he will be backing up Boyd and playing on special teams when the regular season opens, that hasn't stopped him from charging down field with enthusiasm every time he is handed the football at training camp.

"You have to do that," Wright said after back-to-back practices on Wednesday at Erindale. "I get the ball and I want to take it 50 yards on every play because that's what I think is going to happen in a game. I love contact and I love running away from people. Why not practise it?"

The backup spot at running back has become somewhat clearer, as Gerald Riggs, nursing a knee injury, has been released. Riggs will be out up to five weeks, head coach and general manager Jim Barker said, and has gone to see the famed Dr. James Andrews for another opinion.

Wright's competition to take some heat off Boyd is fellow import Chad Kackert, but Wright has the edge. He dressed in four games for the Argos last season, carrying the ball 19 times for 108 yards and one touchdown. It's not a mountain of experience, but it's enough to give Wright familiarity with the CFL game.

"I understand the CFL now, I understand the rules, how to set my body in certain ways," Wright said. "The game has slowed down a lot."

Wright missed practice on Tuesday after he spent Monday afternoon in the dentist's chair, having a couple of teeth removed. Seven stitches and a bit of a sore mouth later, Wright didn't miss a step on Wednesday.

"We all know where Cory is, and hopefully he is able to play 18 games," Barker said. "Dwayne will be in there in a supporting role. He is preparing to be the starter, competing to be the starter, and he is trying to make it so maybe we don't need to play Cory all the time. That's what his mission is."

Wright, 28, couldn't have said it better.

"We are all professionals and we all want each other's jobs," Wright said. "That's the way you win a Grey Cup. You have everyone competing for a No. 1 spot, then everyone is going to be better, the guys on the bench, everyone."

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