Kackert comes through for Argos
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
|Chad Kackert carries the ball during Argos practice at U of T Mississauga August 1st, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - Anyone who watched last week’s loss in Edmonton must have seen the look on Chad Kackert’s face when video replay of a fumble was being reviewed.
It was a look of anxiousness mixed in with frustration and hope.
It was a look even Kackert’s sister could not overlook. “She told me how hard it was to watch,” Kackert revealed on Tuesday, the same day the league announced that Toronto’s stand-in tailback had been named its offensive player of the week.
In case anyone had forgotten, Kackert was basically told not to fumble the football or risk the real possibility of getting released when he fumbled twice in his debut in Montreal on July 15.
Despite scoring three touchdowns heading into last week’s game against the Eskimos, no one knew what role Kackert would have once Cory Boyd (knee) was pronounced fit to return.
And under that backdrop, Kackert began his night at Commonwealth Stadium by fumbling the football.
“It was frustrating because it was a last-second thing,” Kackert said of the video review. “But I could have sworn I still had it (possession of the football) when my knee went down. Everyone (on the bench) is getting in my face, saying it’s okay, it’s okay. The coaches were telling me what happened.
“I told them to challenge it. Coach asked if I fumbled it and I said I was down before it came out. I’m glad he threw the challenge flag because I was questioning it myself. There was just a wave of emotion no one wants to experience, especially after having an issue with it before. It was too close of a call and, no matter what, the ball has to stay in my hands.”
There’s no doubt Kackert’s play has earned him a roster spot.
His role, though, may change as early as Thursday when Cory Boyd is likely to play for the first time since Toronto’s Week 2 loss in Winnipeg.
A lot more will be known following Wednesday’s walkthrough on Boyd’s status, but as far as Kackert goes he’s done all he could possibly do in relief of Boyd.
In Edmonton, despite putting the ball on the turf, Kackert became the first back to rush for more than 100 yards against the Eskimos.
When the Argos gambled on third down, they put the ball in Kackert’s hands, running to his left, breaking a tackle to produce his first of two touchdowns on the evening.
Dating back to the pre-season, Kackert has scored eight touchdowns in five games, including five in his three starts for Boyd.
“I’ve done what I’ve needed to do in his absence,’’ Kackert said. “And he’s going to come back and do what he needs to do.
“If anything, there’s a little more confidence the coaches have in me if there were to be another situation.”
One of the oddities of the CFL is the whole import/non-import ratio, a tightrope teams must navigate when filing their game rosters.
On production alone, Kackert deserves touches, but Boyd is bigger, powerful and provides a greater blocking presence.
Unless the Argos change their ratio, it’ll be difficult to have both Boyd and Kackert on the 42-man roster.