Ex-Argo has last laugh

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

It is only natural to check the progress of the man who took your job.

And forgive Winnipeg's John Feugill if he is now scratching his head over why the Toronto Argonauts chose Jerome Davis over him to play right tackle this CFL season.

Davis, you see, has come under scrutiny in Toronto, especially after that O-line surrendered eight sacks to the B.C. Lions in their last outing.

"I don't want to talk about another player," Feugill said yesterday. "(But) he looks like he's struggling a little bit.

"When you obviously get let go for somebody, you're going to watch to see. During camp, when I got let go for him, I felt like he played better. So, when people asked me if I was bitter, I wasn't bitter at all because I felt like Jerome had a good camp and earned the job. So, I just left with my head held high. I didn't have anything negative to say. But I've been watching their line and I've noticed their right side has definitely struggled a little bit."

Davis told the Toronto Sun that he is "still on a learning curve" after B.C.'s Brent Johnson beat the import for three sacks.

The Blue Bombers signed Feugill as a free agent, making Dave Mudge expendable. Ironically, the three-year CFL veteran had a slow start here. But he played his best game in a Bomber uniform when Winnipeg beat the Montreal Alouettes 51-46 last week.

"I needed to play well because I don't think I played that well against Calgary and Edmonton," said the 6-foot-7, 288-pound import. "I didn't play bad but I didn't play well. The first game against Calgary, I was definitely just trying to learn the system.

"The more you play in a system, the more comfortable you get. I just felt really comfortable playing against Montreal. I was looking forward to that game because, just being in Toronto, you play against those guys so much that I just felt more confident going into that game. Against Calgary and Edmonton, I felt good but I still wasn't as familiar with them guys."

The knock on Feugill in Toronto was his lack of size. Heck, he is one of the few O-linemen that does not even boast a beer belly.

"He's getting better in terms of the run, which is good, because he came from a system that was a very pass-oriented offence," said Bomber head coach Jim Daley. "His pass (protection is) very good. He has great feet, he strikes well in terms of what we call a punch and he has good, strong punch for a tall, thin guy because he's only about 288. He's light but he's very fast and athletic.

"He's coming a long way every week."

Feugill is now hoping to carry that into his old haunting grounds against his former teammates.

"It's going to be different playing against them guys," said Feugill, 29. "I'm looking forward to going back and seeing a lot of them. I miss them guys, they're all my friends. At the same time, I'm going to be a little nervous, I guess. You always want to play well against your old team.

"They've got bigger guys (than the Montreal defenders) with speed. So, they could take you off the edge or they could blow you. It's going to be a real challenge."


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