Mann's glad he's an Argo, not a 'Cat
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
|Ticats Maurice Mann jumps for a catch during the Eskimos season opener vs hamilton Tiger Cats at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., on July 9, 2011. (PERRY MAH/QMI Agency)
Maurice Mann is glad he is out of Steeltown.
The Argos receiver, acquired from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Tuesday in a trade that sent defensive back Dee Webb and a conditional 2013 draft pick to the Cats, practised with his new club on Wednesday but won’t play against the Calgary Stampeders this weekend.
“It’s not a very veteran-friendly receiver place,” Mann said of Hamilton, which also has traded Arland Bruce III and released Marquay McDaniel this season. “I’m happy to be here. Let’s leave it at that. My hat goes off to Arland Bruce, because he taught me a lot about the game just by being around him.”
With the Argos, Mann, who will wear No. 86 for the Boatmen, has been reunited with quarterback Steven Jyles. When the two were teammates with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2007, Mann’s first CFL reception was on a pass from Jyles.
Mann is under contract for another year, which means he could be an integral part of the Argos offence in 2012. He had 35 catches for 346 yards and two touchdowns with the Ticats.
“It’s important that they have played together before,” Argos general manager/head coach Jim Barker said. “(Jyles) basically said (Mann) is a guy who goes up and gets the ball.”
With Mann in town, the Argos released another import receiver, Prechae Rodriguez, who played in two games with Toronto and had five catches for 30 yards. Mike Bradwell probably will get more looks in Rodriguez’s spot versus the Stamps on Friday.