Bills' Mace excited to play in Toronto

STEVE SIMMMONS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:55 PM ET

Meaning no disrespect, Corey Mace hopes he never plays a game for the Toronto Argonauts.

“This is nothing against Toronto or the CFL - I’m a big CFL fan - but this is where I’m at right now,” said Mace, the Buffalo Bills’ defensive lineman, whom the Argos acquired the rights to in the controversial trading away of Arland Bruce. “Im just trying to make the best of the opportunity I’ve got now.

“This is all about business. I feel there are some things I want to do in this league and the Bills are giving me that opportunity to do it.”

This is Mace’s third season in the National Football League and tonight at the Rogers Centre will be just his fifth game with the Bills. The rest of the time he has been inactive or on the practice roster.

Last year, the product of University of Wyoming dressed for the game in Toronto against Miami and barely played. Thursday night, against the New York Jets, the Canadian defensive lineman is hoping to do some damage.

“I got a chance to play last week (against Miami) and it worked out pretty well,” said Mace, who grew up playing football with Lui Passaglia’s kids in Coquitlam, B.C.

“I’m really looking fowards to Corey playing,” said interim Bills head coach Perry Fewell, who has brought a little life to an otherwise dead football team. “I know he’s excited about it and we’re excited about it. Last week, he tipped a ball, intercepted a ball. We’re looking forward to seeing him play.”

Mace is hoping Toronto fans are a little more receptive towards the Bills than they were a year ago in the first Bills In Toronto game. But he may just be hoping for too much considering the rather soft buildup to the NFL game.

“I think it’s awesome to get a chance to play here,” said Mace, knowing he will be watched because he’s Canadian and because his rights belong to the Argos. “I follow the Canadians in the NFL, it’s something I keep track of. There are four defensive Canadian defensive lineman in the league and I’m one of them.”

Another one is rookie Jamaal Westerman of Brampton, a defensive end with the Jets.

Thursday, in front of family, will be Westerman’s 10th NFL game.

No doubt Mace will be watching Westerman and Westerman will be watching Mace.


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