Toronto Argonauts: Martavis Bryant running out of time to join team

Martavis Bryant #12 of the Oakland Raiders. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Martavis Bryant #12 of the Oakland Raiders. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

With training camp in full swing, the Toronto Argonauts aren’t going to remain patient for Martavis Bryant to make his way to Canada.

The clock is ticking for Martavis Bryant if he wants to join the Toronto Argonauts in time for the 2021 season.

Bryant has been on the suspended list since the start of training camp with what the team said was a passport issue.  Now, Dinwiddie is starting to get a little impatient waiting for the former NFL receiver to get things sorted out. .

"“We’ve had some contact with him,” Dinwiddie said. “We need to get him up here now if he’s going to be up here and make an impact on our team.“The ball is in his court, he’s got to get his passport and get those things squared away. We’ll see how that’s going to play out.”"

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There was a lot of intrigue when Bryant was added back in January considering he hasn’t played since 2018 with the Oakland Raiders. He was brought in along with Kendall Wright who’s also suspended to compete with a group that has a lot of experience at the CFL level.

Adding COVID protocols to the mix, this isn’t a situation where Bryant can come even near the end of camp and hope to win out a job. Fortunately for some on the Argos, this means an opportunity to cement a role that might have had Bryant’s name in mind.

For now, the team will leave the option to add Bryant now or in the future by keeping him suspended rather than just releasing him. Whether or not that can or will continue is all dependent on how patient Toronto is willing to be.

Shane Ray is impressing Argonauts with chance to get back on field

One of the under the radar moves in training camp, Ray saw his NFL career cut short by injuries and the Argos are providing him with a chance to get it back on track.

Listening to his press conference and reading what Mike Hogan of had to say about him, the Super Bowl champion isn’t taking for granted this opportunity he has in front of him. There are many players who come up to the CFL with the belief that they will dominate right off the start.

"“I definitely can continue to get better every day for sure,” Ray told Hogan. “If I’m a yard off the ball then I’ve got to get off the ball, I’ve got to have a great first step. I’ve been working on getting off as fast as I can and being able to close the space between me and the tackle, or whoever is there.”"

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There is a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and to add a player who was a first-round pick in the NFL Draft with the experience Ray provides only adds to the potential of what this defence can do.