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Postby kaisy on Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:55 am

Like everyone else, he was shocked. Bernard Pierce Jersey . The decision of Jordan Younger to retire blind-sided the entire Toronto Argonaut organization, but nobody would feel the impact of that move more than Matt Black. The Toronto native, entering his fifth season in double blue, is now atop the depth chart at Youngers old position at starting safety. Hes established himself as one of the best special teams players in the CFL, but has never started a game. If he gets the nod, hes ready. "I prepare every year like Im going to be the starter, I work my butt off", Black told "I was excited when I heard the news for myself, sad for the team because were losing great leader, a great veteran, a great friend, a knowledgeable guy that I loved learning from every year, but its a part of the business." Head coach Scott Milanovich is entering his second season with the Argos and has seen what Blacks abilities are, on and off the field. He may be the 59" safetys biggest fan. "I dont know what Matts biggest attribute is; hes got a lot of great things going for him. Hes athletic, hes tough, hes very intelligent, hes instinctive. The good thing about Matt being back there is the way we rotate (personnel) he played a lot last year. Hes been a leader on this team for a while; I think Matt is going to be a natural fit there". While it cant be underestimated how important it is to have the backing of the head coach, Black is more concerned about how he will be accepted as a starter by his teammates. "Its more so winning the trust and respect of the guys around me because they trusted and relied on J.Y. When the bullets were flying he was the guy that organized people and barked orders and got guys lined up where they needed to be and I have to fill the void that he left". Black is right, Youngers departure has left a void but there doesnt seem to be anyone involved with the organization that doesnt think hes the right man for the job. Notes: Mondays practice was once again held at Holy Trinity Secondary School in Oakville ... During drills there were several different combinations of defensive backs as Pat Watkins and Pacino Horne were still out of action ... Black took first reps at safety with Bryan Payton seeing a lot of reps there as well ... The starting defensive line was Kevin Huntley and Khalif Mitchell at tackles with David Lee and Jeremy Geathers lined up at ends. The linebackers were the starters from a year ago, Robert McCune in the middle, flanked by Marcus Ball and Brandon Isaac ... Isaac is consistently the most vocal player at practice ... Left tackle Tony Washington didnt practice Monday, nor did centre Jeff Keeping. The first unit offensive line consisted of SirVincent Rogers and Chris Van Zeyl at tackles, Joel Reinders and Joe Eppele at guards. Wayne Smith moved over to center from guard ... If he continues to impress like he has going back to the first day of rookie camp, Quincy Hurst will be almost impossible to keep off the roster. Hes been a standout every session ... Newly acquired receiver Romby Bryant also looked very good on Day Two ... A familiar face graced the sidelines for the second session of the morning. Donnavan Carter was the Argos first-round draft pick in the 2000 draft. He played eight seasons in the league before entering the coaching ranks. Hes about to enter his first season as the Defensive Coordinator for the OUAs Windsor Lancers after leaving a similar position with the University of Toronto Blues. Terrell Suggs Womens Jersey . Backed by a key defensive play by first baseman Freddie Freeman and two ninth-inning strikeouts by closer Craig Kimbrel with a runner on third, Hudson and the Braves beat Collmenter and the Diamondbacks 1-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Christian Thompson Jersey . -- Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League renewed their partnership agreement with the National Hockey League on Friday. ... oo-89.html . - Albert Pujols homered and C. Corey Graham Jersey . In exchange, the worst team in MLS gets goalkeeper Joe Bendik, the third overall pick in the 2013 SuperDraft and allocation money. The deal allows TFC (5-21-8 last season) to tick off a few boxes on its off-season to-do list. Chris Canty Jersey .J. -- Two days after ending a 15-year playoff drought, the Florida Panthers staged their greatest post-season comeback, knocked out an old nemesis and seemingly found themselves a new goaltender. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons have a new backup for Matt Ryan. Chris Redman, who spent the last four seasons as Atlantas No. 2 quarterback, was released Tuesday so the team could sign Luke McCown. McCown spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making two starts among his eight appearances. He worked with Dirk Koetter, who is now the Falcons offensive co-ordinator, which undoubtedly contributed to the decision to bring in someone new to back up Ryan. Originally a fourth-round pick by Cleveland in 2004, McCown also played with Tampa Bay. He signed with New Orleans before the start of training camp this year, but was cut by the Saints on Monday. One day later, he had a new team. Redman spent five seasons with the Falcons, the last four as Ryans little-used reserve. Redman struggled in the preseason, completing just 53 per cent of his passes with one interception. The signing of McCown completes a shake-up at the quarterback position behind Ryan. Last weekend, Atlanta (No. 13 in APPPro32) released third-stringer John Parker Wilson, deciding rookie free agent Dominique Davis had more upside after a promising preseason. Ravens Jersey. "Dominique has done a very nice job," coach Mike Smith said. "Hes made plays when hes had opportunities. When you tell guys youre going to have an open competition, you want guys to come out and compete and thats what hes done. You want to have that competition when you build your roster because thats how you get your strongest roster." Redman, it turned out, was competing with someone who wasnt even on the roster. The Falcons were concerned about how much the offence would drop off if they lost Ryan for a significant amount of time, so they decided to go with McCown. Also, the new backup is four years younger than the 35-year-old Redman. "We want our guys to compete until the very end," Smith said. "Its a tough time of year." The Falcons (1-2) close out the preseason at Jacksonville (2-1) on Thursday. ' ' '
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