Define impact player.
It’s not always the man who gets all the glory for his five touchdown passes, or for nailing the 55-yard field goal to win the game, but often someone else who can simply give his team a shot in the arm.
Going into last week, all signs pointed to another inevitable loss for the Argonauts. They were humiliated at Ivor Wynne only four days prior in the Labour Day Classic, and had lost ten straight at Rogers Centre. The one thing that was different was the presence of Jonathan Brown on Toronto’s defensive line. He was placed on the nine-game inactive list after tweaking his back in the pre-season.
He only recorded one tackle in last Friday’s win, but it a sack. It also helped free up Adriano Belli and Claude Harriott for sacks of their own. Toronto ranks fifth in the league with 22 sacks, so it was a welcome dimension to their game. This was significant, since the Argos didn’t get to Kevin Glenn at all on Labour Day.
So you may be telling yourselves that the Argos (3-7) are sure to suffer an emotional letdown Saturday in BC (4-6). Not so fast. On Tuesday, the team announced the return of Dominique Dorsey to their lineup. Released by the Washington Redskins earlier this month, Dorsey led the CFL last season with 2,892 all-purpose yards in only 13 games. That’s 222 yards per game that the 2009 Argos have missed.
The return game has not been a downfall per se for Toronto this season, but it has certainly not been a strength. Andre Durie ranks seventh in the league in kickoff returns, and recently released Cory Rodgers was eighth in punt return yards. The added dimension of last year’s John Agro Special Teams Award winner adds electricity to an Argo team that has lacked a player that can change a game in one play, especially since Arland Bruce was traded.
Think of Toronto’s two new faces as thunder and lightning. Toronto hopes that Brown and Dorsey will be able to storm into BC and come out tied for the final playoff spot in the East.