Stiff competition for Argos running back job

Running back Curtis Steele stretches for a pass at Argonauts training camp on Monday. (MICHAEL...

Running back Curtis Steele stretches for a pass at Argonauts training camp on Monday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Terry Koshan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

TORONTO - Curtis Steele got word when he arrived at Argonauts camp on the weekend.

Chad Kackert, unable to recover from a broken ankle, wouldn’t be lining up in the backfield for the Double Blue again.

“It gave me an extra boost,” Steele said Monday after the Argos were done their on-field work at York University.

“It’s up for grabs. You have to really focus in and try to lock it down, because we have a lot of great running backs this year.”

The thinking is four running backs — Steele, 2014 first-rounder Anthony Coombs and former National Football League players Steve Slaton and Jeremiah Johnson — are in serious competition to start when the regular season opens (assuming the players aren’t on the picket line) on June 26 in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers.

Though Steele is the only one with Canadian Football League experience, the job isn’t his to lose. In 2013, his first season in Canada, Steele carried the ball 39 times for 187 yards and had three touchdowns.


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