GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Carter to See Action for Argos in Labour Day Rematch

Labour Day Part II

By: Jerred Bapty

Saturday, September 8, 2018

TORONTO — When it was announced that Wider Receiver/Defensive Back Duron Carter was signing with the Toronto Argonauts, Head Coach Marc Trestman stated that Carter would not see the field against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for this back-to-back. 

Well, something changed. It has been confirmed that Carter will play at some point during this afternoon’s Labour Day rematch.

Perhaps it’s the desperate situation Toronto finds themselves in now.

A loss Saturday afternoon would be the Argos’ third-straight loss. With their second Bye Week coming up, practice could be a miserable time for the defending Grey Cup Champs.

On top of that, Toronto is slated to face three straight Western opponents, including the high-flying Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders.

This is a must-win for the Argonauts, and Duron Carter could help them do it.

Back in August when he was signed, Carter told argonauts.ca about the first text message he was sent by Coach Trestman.

“It’s gonna be hard… This is going to be the hardest test of your career,” he said. Carter sent a reply, “I’m ready to work coach.”

Today will be the first part of that test. 

Things to Know

Despite two straight losses, starting Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson broke the 1,000 yard mark in last week’s Classic. His favourite target this season, Slot Back SJ Green, surpassed 500 yards receiving last week.

Argos’ Linebacker Marcus Ball hit the 6-game injured list after Labour Day. LB Justin Tuggle will take his place.

WR Mario Alford slots in on the right side, with WR Duron Carter behind him.

The Argos have won their last two home games by just one point. Only four teams have done this since 1971.

Historically, the Argonauts have faired well in this back-to-back, posting a 6-1 record when the second game versus Hamilton is in Toronto.

With Ottawa’s second straight loss last night to the BC Lions, 1st place in the East is up for grabs for the Ticats.

Ticats WR Jalen Saunders has been shut down for the season after he tore his ACL last week. Rookie WR Rashad Lawrence takes over for Saunders.

 

Let me know your thoughts! 

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