Toronto Argonauts: Still room for improvement during crucial stretch

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 1: Ricky Ray /

After a big offensive performance against the Edmonton Eskimos, the Toronto Argonauts remain focused in their push for an even record.

The Toronto Argonauts have been in this situation many times before. After a big win, they have a chance to inch closer to a .500 record but it will not come easy.

After a big offensive performance against the Edmonton Eskimos, the Montreal Alouettes come to town, but Toronto is not ready to underestimate them despite their struggles.

James Wilder Jr. had a big game against Edmonton with 190-yards on the ground while adding another 67-yards receiving. His father, James Wilder Sr. gave him some words of encouragement and pushing him to remain focused.

“You are in the middle of the season. It’s time to get on to the next week. Only time you can let it linger is if you get to the Grey Cup and have that type of game, then you can (celebrate) it the whole off-season,” said Wilder Jr. “For now though, congratulate your teammates and your coaches and get ready for the next week and do it again.”

It is that type of focus that stems from head coach Marc Trestman who is always preaching that his team is still working to improve each week.

“A lot of cleanup work, there is a fine line of winning or losing and we have to increase that line,” said Trestman on his thoughts after reviewing the game film. “With all due respect to Edmonton we did some things where we have to do better and we got some breaks where we didn’t get called on things that might have been called.”

On offence, the strategy changed as the Eskimos defence could not contain Wilder Jr. which makes this offence more dangerous with opposing defences having to respect both the run and pass game.

“We executed really well getting the running game going, controlling the line of scrimmage,” said quarterback Ricky Ray. “The game plan is to try to be as good with the run game and the passing game just took off for us last week.”

Ray did not have to be spectacular in this game but he made some nice throws especially on a touchdown pass to Armanti Edwards who has impressed the 38-year old.

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“He’s a guy that I know what to expect from him, making it easy for me to throw to,” said Ray of Edwards. “He does a good job to get to the spot that he I think he’s going to get to and get open.”