Argos' Owens eyes big return in Montreal
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
|The last punt-return TD for Chad Owens came almost a year ago in Montreal. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)
TORONTO - This is one anniversary the Argos have no interest in celebrating.
It was back on Oct. 10 of last year when Chad Owens returned a punt for a touchdown against his former team at McGill Stadium.
For Owens, it would represent his one and only return major in a season he’d produce in excess of 3,000 all-purpose yards for the second year in a row.
Remarkably, that return major in a loss to the Als is the last return touchdown Owens has produced at a time when he’s evolving into a star slotback.
In fact, he’s 62 yards away from becoming the first Argo to reach the 1,000-yard receiving number since Arland Bruce III accomplished this modest feat in 2008.
While Owens has been close in returning a punt or a kickoff to the football’s proverbial house, the simple fact remains that he hasn’t since Toronto’s Oct. 10 visit to Montreal and there are many theories floating as to why he hasn’t.
One being bandied about involves Owens’ work load on offence.
When the year began, the Argos wanted to monitor his reps on offence, but as the year unfolded they realized he was too valuable.
As far as special teams co-ordinator Mike O’Shea is concerned, Owens has shown no signs of slowing down at any point of the season.
“There’s been no indicator to me that C.O. needs to be pulled back in terms of the number of touches,’’ said O’Shea, who has been around the CFL block long enough to know of what he speaks.
“He’s a different animal out there.
“This type of player does not come around very often. I know I’m fortunate to be around him and help contribute to all the things he’s doing.
“I don’t see the issue of touches on offence at all.”