Argos give ball to Jyles
By Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency
|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.
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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).