Role at QB for Bethel-Thompson remains key for Argos as Arbuckle expected to lead offence

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Ryan Dinwiddie has left the door open for McLeod Bethel-Thompson.


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To a degree.

The job as the Argonauts’ starting quarterback is there for Nick Arbuckle to put firmly in his grip during training camp at the University of Guelph.

That’s the expectation within the organization and on the outside, though Dinwiddie, Toronto’s head coach, won’t take for granted the potential role for Bethel-Thompson.

“There’s always competition,” Dinwiddie said on Monday. “I know Nick is kind of pencilled in as our No. 1 quarterback, but I told McLeod and Nick I’m going to play our best quarterback.

“For me, just knowing that if we lose a quarterback, it’s not going to ruin our season, and that’s the key thing.

“You have to have two quarterbacks in this league. It used to be like that in the past. I think it’s got away from that. Guys go with younger guys that they look to develop and if you have an injury, your season is over. We just wanted to make sure that didn’t happen for us.”


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When last we saw the Canadian Football League in action in 2019, Bethel-Thompson led all quarterbacks with 26 touchdown passes and was third in passing yards with 4,024.

In Arbuckle, who is 27 and five years younger than Bethel-Thompson, there’s genuine enthusiasm for his potential as a starter, and his work with Dinwiddie with the Calgary Stampeders brings a built-in familiarity that Bethel-Thompson will have to work to secure something similar.

“I’m competing against myself, I’m not competing against him,” Bethel-Thompson said of Arbuckle.

“I’m trying to find my true self as a football player, and I haven’t come close to my potential. I’m my harshest critic, no matter what anybody says about me, I will expect more from myself and I’m competing against myself.”


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Has that mental challenge become any easier in his career as he has grown older? Bethel-Thompson had another word for it.

“Easier, no, but peaceful maybe,” Bethel-Thompson said. “Playing quarterback is such a dynamic combination of mental aptitude, physical precision and peacefulness.

“You have to have a quiet eye to play the quarterback position. I don’t know anywhere else in the world or any other position in sports, or in the business world or in life that challenges me that way and that’s why I continue to play the game.”

Arbuckle, signed in February, is taking a wide view as his first camp with the Argos unfolds and life slowly returns to normal in the pandemic.

“It has been just the best feeling in the world getting back out here with everybody,” Arbuckle said. “You really missed it, and you want to be a part of the team playing a football game.


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“You don’t realize how much you missed it, and how much it means to you, until you get back doing it again. And it’s not even the practices. Being on the field is one thing, but the camaraderie of being in the locker room, being at lunch with people, getting to know people’s stories … We have a great team. There’s so many talented players. It’s just been a few days, but there are so many great people and great players, great teammates and everybody’s here for the right reasons. They’re here not for themselves, but for each other and for the team. It already feels like family.”


There’s nothing Charleston Hughes hasn’t accomplished in the CFL, so we’ll gladly give him a pass on his colourful description of watching Arbuckle at work.


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“He’s a baller, man,” Hughes said. “He wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t a baller.

“When he drops back in that little five-step drop and he throws a ball, it looks f—-ing beautiful.”

The addition of sack-machine Hughes, a two-time Grey Cup winner with the Stampeders and perennial CFL all-star, to the defensive line can’t be underestimated.

At 37, the Michigan native is the oldest player in camp and as such couldn’t be more comfortable in his role. Part of that is helping the club’s rookies make an impact through camp, and if all goes well, earning a spot on the roster.

“I’m here just to help them and bring them along as much as possible,” said Hughes, who was signed by the Argos in February. “When it comes down to it, as a veteran, I have to do what I can to help them make the team. If I don’t do that, then hey, I fall short.”


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Dinwiddie said former NFL receiver Kendall Wright, signed in February, continues to work on getting his passport in line. “We have to get that done,” Dinwiddie said. “You come in at the end of training camp, there is going to be no chance to make our club. He’s got to hurry up and speed up that process.” … While Dinwiddie said the first few days of camp have been “pretty darn good,” he acknowledged he can get a little frustrated at times because he wants everything to be perfect, even if he knows that’s not attainable. Arbuckle has taken note. “We’re all working together and we’re on the same page and we’re getting better,” Arbuckle said of the offence. “If we don’t, we’re hearing it from the head coach. He’s a strict perfectionist, and he’s loud when you don’t do something right. The pressure is there to execute. It doesn’t matter who you are.”

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