Barnes making most of second chance with Argos

After at tough 2012 season, receiver Jason Barnes has found his form with the Argos this season....

After at tough 2012 season, receiver Jason Barnes has found his form with the Argos this season. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

Jason Barnes’ turbulent, abbreviated, career with the Argonauts has crossed the spectrum, from the good, to the bad, to the ugly. Not necessarily in that order.

When he arrived prior to the 2012 season as a free agent it was expected he’d evolve into Toronto’s No. 1 receiver. Instead he evolved into Toronto’s No. 1 bust.

Nice guy. Quiet. Well-spoken. But he just wasn’t making plays on a team desperately in need of a receiver who could. By August, he and head coach Scott Milanovich had reached such a disconnect that Barnes found himself released, then re-signed, but banished to the practice roster.

None of that was supposed to happen to a guy who had been quarterback Ricky Ray’s designated target in Edmonton where Barnes caught 50 passes in 2011 for 869 yards and where his seven receiving touchdowns tied for fourth in the CFL.

In Toronto, he caught mostly misery and discontent.

 


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