The Toronto Argonauts will go with Nick Arbuckle as the starting quarterback for the home opener in the rematch against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
It is Nick Arbuckle’s turn to lead the Toronto Argonauts as the team prepares for a tough challenge in their first game at BMO Field.
After practice Wednesday, head coach Ryan Dinwiddie confirmed that Arbuckle would be the team’s starting quarterback after he received most of the reps with the first-team offence. The news comes after McLeod Bethel-Thompson started the team’s first two games leading them to a 1-1 record.
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Arbuckle was brought into the team’s second game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with the team trailing 10-0 in the third quarter. Toronto did manage to score a touchdown with John White recording a 30-yard touchdown run but a couple of turnovers allowed Winnipeg to secure the 20-7 win.
A hamstring injury kept Arbucle out for most of training camp and a lack of reps led to Dinwiddie going with Bethel-Thompson to start the season. In Week 1 against Calgary, Bethel-Thompson threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns but struggled against Winnipeg going 10-for-20 with just 70 yards.
Expect Kurleigh Gittens Jr. and Dejon Brissett to get more playing time with Juwan Brescacin expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a leg injury. Ricky Collins Jr. will get more time at the slotback position.
Toronto Argonauts give Henoc Muamba and Charleston Hughes a maintenance day
The Argos were without a couple of veterans at practice as Henoc Muamba and Charleston Hughes were given maintenance days in order to deal with some soreness.
The decision to rest Muamba and Hughes is to give them time to rest up and not risk any further injury. Both are expected to play on Saturday against Winnipeg. It’s crucial that both are able to play given some of the injuries Toronto has already been dealing with this season.
One main position to watch for is at left tackle with Dejon Allen not able to go with a knee injury. Terry Poole and Brandon Smith continue to see reps and will be in tough going up against Willie Jefferson.
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