Denmark lets actions speak louder than words

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Clarence Denmark was just trying to do his job — leaving a Toronto Argonauts' defender grasping for nothing but air was merely a bonus.

The soft-spoken receiver made his CFL debut a memorable one in Friday’s 22-16 victory over the Toronto Argonauts, coming up with four receptions for 38 yards.

But what really caught the attention of many was the play where Denmark eluded a sure tackle and gained 10 yards to set up the Blue and Gold’s lone major — Fred Reid’s three-yard plunge midway through the second quarter.

“My job is to make my guy miss. I had a big guy in my face and I did just that, with a little stop-and-go,” said Denmark, who spent the past two seasons on the practice roster of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. “It felt good to be out there making plays.”

Denmark, 25, replaced Greg Carr (quadriceps) in the starting lineup and made an impression on head coach Paul LaPolice.

“We’ve felt he was a good player since mini-camp,” said LaPolice. “He made some plays and what he does show is that he’s got some escapability. We had the reverse in him, he kind of spun around him and made the guy miss and then got extra yardage. That’s what you want from those guys.”

Carr’s status for Thursday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders remains up in the air, as he skipped Monday’s workout but did spend time jumping rope again on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, defensive back Alex Suber (lower leg) didn’t participate in practice but should be ready for Thursday.

One player who looks to be headed back to the starting lineup is linebacker Clint Kent, who missed the first two weeks with a bum ankle.

“I’ll be starting this week, I’m just preparing for Nik Lewis and the Calgary offence,” said Kent, who will push Jonathan Hefney back to halfback. “The guys on defence have been playing great and I’m glad to be back. I’m going to work hard, study film and take care of what I’ve got to do.”

Starting quarterback Buck Pierce was back on the field Monday and will likely start against Calgary on Thursday.

THE EXCHANGE: There was a heated moment near the end of practice as defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke yelled at defensive back Deon Beasley to get off the field at one point.

Beasley, who had four tackles on Friday, is one of the candidates to be left off the starting lineup with the return of Kent and Hefney’s move back to the secondary.


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