Patience pays off for Argos' Dixon
By Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency
|Former Calgary Stampeder Johnnie Dixon made his debut with the Argos in the team's regular-season finale and his impressive performance could lead to a spot on the playoff roster in the eastern semifinal. (QMI Agency/Files)
TORONTO - Talk about being Johnnie on the spot.
For a guy who had one practice under his belt, Johnnie Dixon made quite the impression in his Argos debut last Thursday in the team’s season finale against visiting Hamilton.
It was so impactful Dixon may end up on Toronto’s playoff roster when the Argos play host to Edmonton in Sunday’s East semi.
After being released by Calgary following the pre-season, Dixon basically returned to his home in Florida.
“Running and training, just waiting for that phone call,’’ Dixon said on Sunday.
While he knew Chris Jones’ defensive scheme from his days in Calgary, not even Dixon himself could have known the presence he’d have in helping an Argos defence force four turnovers.
A natural cornerback, Dixon started at strong-side linebacker, recording a team-high seven tackles, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble.
“It was all about going out there having fun, playing fast and enjoying yourself,’’ Dixon said. “I knew the plays. It was just a matter of getting the calls down with the names and signals. I wasn’t too far behind.
“I thank God for the opportunity to play and then to perform like that, it’s definitely a blessing.”
Dixon isn’t sure if he’ll get the nod on Sunday, but somehow, some way the Argos must find a spot.
“I’m here to support the team. It’s up to coach. Whether I’m a practice player or going out just balling it, it’s doesn’t matter because I’ll help in any way possible.”