Ricky Ray must beat the rush in Winnipeg

Ricky Ray drops back for a pass during practice yesterday. Ray will be under pressure from the...

Ricky Ray drops back for a pass during practice yesterday. Ray will be under pressure from the Bombers pass rush on Friday. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/Toronto Sun)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

When the occasional big play presents itself, Ricky Ray hopes to pounce on it by being tall in the pocket and delivering the football down the field.

When pressure is applied, Ray hopes to get rid of the football before a loss behind the line of scrimmage is produced.

And when all else fails, Ray hopes to just throw the pigskin away and not compromise any field position.

Ray must walk that fine line this Friday night in the Peg, where the sack-happy Blue Bombers defence awaits an Argos team that has had trouble in its pass protection and ability to make big plays down the field.

In the first half of Toronto’s season opener against the Ticats, the Argos went with a no-huddle and basically was able to do whatever it wanted on the offensive side of the football.

The Argos haven’t been that bad in the ensuing quarters, but they’ve lacked that big-play capability and ability to sustain drives.

“They play a lot of zone,” Ray said of Winnipeg’s back end.


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