Toronto Argonauts: Brandon Bridge aiming to finally reach potential

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed quarterback Brandon Bridge to a one-year deal, but will he ever fully take advantage of his skill set?

The Toronto Argonauts made an intriguing move on Sunday, as they agreed terms with Brandon Bridge. According to Justin Dunk of 3DownNation, his contract is for one year.

Just mentioning Bridge’s name, is likely to bring a whole host of positive and negative comments. While he undoubtedly has a tremendous skill set, will he ever fulfill his potential?

The 26-year-old’s size and arm strength are the type of attributes which leave football scouts salivating. However, there are still concerns about his footwork and ability to read defences.

Two seasons ago, it seemed like Bridge was finally starting to bring it all together. As a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,236 yards, 10 scores and just four picks.

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Bridge’s best game that season, ironically came against the Argonauts in Week 16. After coming off the bench he threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, as the Roughriders came back to triumph 27-24.

However, any excitement regarding the Mississauga native was eroded last season, when he regressed with the Roughriders. Despite being given more opportunities to start, he only threw for 804 yards and one touchdown.

As a result, the Roughriders decided to cut ties. Now, Bridge attempts to get his career back on track in Toronto.

If you’re wondering why the Argonauts decided to take a chance on Bridge, look no further than Jim Popp. The general manager drafted the quarterback when he held the same position with the Montreal Alouettes, meaning he still sees something in him.

In this respect, you imagine the 2015 fourth round draft pick will be given plenty of opportunities to make the starting job his own in Toronto. James Franklin is no sure thing in the number one role and even if Ricky Ray does decide to return for one more year, it will likely be as a backup.

Bridge earned the nickname ‘Air Canada’ while playing college football in the United States. With a receiving corps that includes the likes of Derel Walker and S.J. Green, he has the weapons at his disposal to reintroduce the nickname in Toronto.

Now, we wait to find out if Bridge will reach his full potential, because at some point unfulfilled potential turns into wasted talent. For the Argos’ sake, you hope he can become more consistent and take his game to the next level.

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How do you rate Bridge? Do you agree with the Toronto Argonauts’ decision to sign him? More to the point, do you see him becoming the Double Blues’ starter? Let us know in the comments section below.