QB ready to rock Boatmen

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

His return to the centre of the universe won't exactly be a trip back to paradise, but Ryan Dinwiddie is looking forward to it.

Dinwiddie leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers into Toronto tomorrow night to face the Argonauts in an East Division match-up at Rogers Centre.

The 27-year-old will be making his third start at the helm for the Blue and Gold, yet this will be his second time suiting up in T.O.

Eight months have passed since Dinwiddie's first CFL start, where he battled valiantly in a Grey Cup loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

It was all new to Dinwiddie then and though he hasn't racked up the starts at quarterback since, he isn't lacking confidence heading into the game.

MORE FLUENT

"I feel a lot better than I did last year at that time, I feel more fluent with my reads and just throwing the ball and all those things, as soon as you get some reps you get better and you get opportunities," he said after practice yesterday.

Dinwiddie has never started a game against the Argos, but did fill in against them in last year's East Final when Kevin Glenn broke his left arm. He went 4-for-4 for 80 yards while seeing action for most of the fourth quarter.

That game was pretty much in the books when he took over, whereas this week he gets a fresh slate.

Dinwiddie's more in-tune with the Bombers offence than ever before and ready to chalk up another win for the Bombers, while also reassuring everyone that his performance last week wasn't a one-time deal.

"That's how it goes every week, you have a great game then you want to come back and have an even better game, you have a bad game and you definitely want to come back and have a great game. I've just got to do whatever it takes for us to get a win."

Riding high from Winnipeg's first win, Dinwiddie got a handful of good news yesterday as the league named him the CFL's offensive player of the week for his heroics last week.

And to make matters even better, the quarterback found out slotback Milt Stegall will be in the lineup, giving him another lethal weapon to utilize.

"Milt is a quality player, athletically he's good and he's intellectually smart, he knows how to fit into zones and stuff like that, and he's a great leader so we'll definitely welcome him back," Dinwiddie said.

"Just having Milt in different zone coverages and blitzes and stuff like that, he knows where to go and where to be, he's clutch and it's good to have a clutch guy like that around. We've got a few clutch guys, but Milt's been around this league for awhile and he understands things a little bit better than some of the other guys."

One might expect Dinwiddie to be licking his chops at facing Toronto's struggling defence this week, especially with Stegall in the mix of an already impressive receiving corps, but he warns the Argo's defence deserves more credit than they are getting.

GAVE THEM PROBLEMS

"They've been great in the secondary, they just haven't stopped the run and Hamilton and Montreal and some other teams that really like to run the ball hard gave them some problems. But we're a passing team so we're a little bit different. We've just got to be effective with the ball and get yards on first down," Dinwiddie said.

In addition to starting in Toronto again, Dinwiddie will also be going toe-to-toe at his position with none other than Kerry Joseph, whom he met in the Grey Cup. Truthfully, he couldn't care less about that.

"I don't even worry about Joseph, he's on the offence, I'm worried about the secondary right now."


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