Kuale looks good at linebacker

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

In a game that left little to be happy about from an Argos perspective, there was one bright light.

Ejiro Kuale stepped in to fill the void at middle linebacker left by Jason Pottinger’s injury and had the kind of debut that can only enhance his chances of holding on to the job.

Kuale had four tackles a key knockdown of a Buck Pierce pass, not to mention a special teams tackle.

“We went out there and did that for J-Po,” Kuale said. “He’s a great linebacker and he helped me out a lot. I’m just filling in like (Tristan Black) did last week, just filling in and helping the team.”

It was thought Kuale would split time with Black and Anthony Cannon, but Cannon wound up playing alongside Kuale at outside linebacker for most of the game in place of Kevin Eiben.

Eiben could be seen walking very gingerly at the half as he made his way to the dressing room but no injury was announced.

“I was excited by how EJ played, but I thought the whole defence played pretty well,” Barker said.

The Argos defensive line, which got so much praise a week ago, didn’t have the kind of sack numbers their opponents did — Winnipeg won that battle clearly by a 7-1 count — but in the second half pressured Pierce continually making him earn every yard he got.

“We didn’t play good, I would say, but we were decent,” Kuale said critiquing the Argos defensive effort. “We have to take it to the next level and eliminate the mistakes and eliminat all those penalties and we’ll just keep moving forward this season.”

 


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