Some Blue Bombers are still dangerous Winnipeg does not have much to boast about while suffering through three straight losses and so many injuries, but head coach Paul LaPolice can feel confident about rookie returner Demond Washington, receiver Chris Matthews and defensive tackle Bryant Turner. Washington is second in the league in combined return yards (579), Matthews is first in receiving yards (350) and Turner is first in sacks (five). Washington’s speed can punish the Argonauts fragile secondary, and Matthews’ solid, 6-foot-5 frame will frustrate a developing secondary.
Keep the pressure on Alex Brink Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris completed just 12 passes last Saturday because Argonauts defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones pushed him out of the pocket with blitz packages that regularly brought seven or eight defenders to the line of scrimmage. Burris seemed to be constantly throwing off balance and missing deep targets. It should be rinse-and-repeat against Brink, who might be a little tentative after Edmonton linebacker J.C. Sherritt drove his body through Brinks’ head and shoulders last Friday.
Relying on Andre Durie is not a bad thing The Argos running back and slotback is quickly becoming a favourite target of Ricky Ray. Durie, long praised by Argos coaches and management, has 19 catches for 190 yards over the last weeks, and is now second in the league with 266 receiving yards. “[Durie] has been a big surprise for me, because he [had a hamstring injury] in camp so I didn’t really get a lot of work with him,” Ray said. “I think [Milanovich] is doing a good job of getting him into spots … If [defenders] take away deeper stuff, we are able to get [Durie] the ball in the flat or underneath. He can make guys miss and turn a five-yard catch into a 30-yard gain.”