Argos give ball to Jyles

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Steven Jyles is led off the field by staff after being injured during...

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Steven Jyles is led off the field by staff after being injured during a CFL football game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on October 28, 2011. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

Steven Jyles is staying in Toronto.

The Argonauts announced on Saturday that Jyles, who started eight of the club’s final nine games in 2011, has been inked to a contract extension that will keep him with the Boatmen through 2014.

It was a vote of confidence in Jyles from a club that had been expected to pursue an established star quarterback like Henry Burris in the off-season.

“As a team, I feel like we have unfinished business to take care of,” Jyles said in a release.

“Last year, I had just half of a season with the offence so I can’t wait to get back and begin working with my teammates for a full schedule this year and beyond. It has been over a year since my shoulder surgery and I feel great.”

Jyles replaced the departed Cleo Lemon at the helm and passed for 1,430 yards and rushed for 429 more — the most among all CFL quarterbacks, despite his missing a large chunk of the season.

While Jyles showed his effectiveness as a runner, he also indicated that his passing game still needs work. The 29-year old threw 11 interceptions and just seven touchdown passes.

Under new head coach Scott Milanovich, a former pro quarterback, and with a clean bill of health, Jyles will have a chance to return to his 2010 form (19 touchdowns, seven interceptions).

 


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