There was still some work to be done for the Toronto Argonauts in CFL Free Agency and they checked off a big question mark on their list signing quarterbacks Kelly Bryant and Antonio Pipkin.
With Michael O’Connor joining the Calgary Stampeders and McLeod Bethel-Thompson still pondering his future, the Argos needed to find a solution to their quarterback depth. They made sure to get a player with CFL experience and another looking to continue his football journey.
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Bryant was the backup quarterback at Clemson when Deshaun Watson was the starter then took over the reins in 2017. As the starter, he led the Tigers to the 2017 AAC Championship but was unable to advance to the national championship after losing to Alabama.
He spent the final year of his NCAA career with the Missouri Tigers throwing for 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 242 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He will have a familiar face in training camp and a likely roommate in wide receiver Martavis Bryant who is his cousin.
Pipkin brings necessary experience behind presumed starter Nick Arbuckle. The former Montreal Alouettes starter brings a different element with his rushing ability and should be able to stand in as the backup in case of injury.
Toronto Argonauts: John White adds dependability to running back position
It is well known that the Argonauts will be a pass-heavy offence in 2021 but they need to show some commitment to running the football. They will certainly have many options going into this season after adding Karlos Williams, Bishop Sankey, Kenneth Dixon to a group that already had AJ Ouellette.
What John White brings is a rusher who is a proven commodity in the CFL. He presents a different dynamic as an elusive runner and has shown that he can take on the workload of a starter getting 192 carries for 1,004 yards in 2019, which was also his most productive season.
It’ll be interesting to see how the competition play out in training camp but one thing is for certain, the Argos offence won’t be short of weapons if a season is played.
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