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SportsTentative CBA presents one less distraction for Argos rookie Richards

21:06  17 may  2019
21:06  17 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

Toronto Argonauts select offensive lineman Richards first overall in CFL draft

Toronto Argonauts select offensive lineman Richards first overall in CFL draft TORONTO — The shock of being the first player taken in the CFL Canadian college draft isn't going to wear off anytime soon for Shane Richards. The Toronto Argonauts kicked off the draft by selecting the towering six-foot-eight, 334-pound Oklahoma State offensive lineman first overall Thursday night. And the Calgary native, who signed a two-year deal plus an option, figures that won't officially set in until the first day of training camp. "It's just an unreal feeling right now," Richards said during a conference call. "I don't think it's fully hit me yet.

Fortunately, Richards has his parents and girlfriend with him, at least until Sunday when they return home. But Richards will still have family support The Argos didn’t hold a rookie camp so Richards won’t have that benefit when he reports to training camp. “It would’ve helped me with the playbook

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TORONTO — Shane Richards has no shortage of things to deal with as he prepares for his first CFL training camp. Thankfully, the prospect of going out on strike isn't among them.

On Wednesday, the CFL and CFL Players' Association reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement. The contract is still pending ratification by the players but veterans will report Sunday when training camps open.

Had the two sides not reached a settlement prior to Saturday, players on the Argonauts would hace been in a legal strike position May 23. So, four days into Richards' first camp with Toronto — which selected the Oklahoma State University tackle first overall in the CFL draft May 2 — the hulking six-foot-six-foot-eight, 334-pound Calgary resident would've gone from the offensive line to a picket line.

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Fortunately, that appears all moot now.

"Being a rookie, I don't really know much about how that (CBA) really affects me right now," Richard said. "I'm just kind of happy we get to play football now.

"I did think about it (CBA situation). I'm so glad not to be in that position."

And with good reason. These are busy days for Richards.

He's back in Toronto after a two-day drive from Stillwater, Okla., where he went to gather his belongings from school. In addition to his last-minute camp preparations, there's still the matter of finding a place to live in a new city and getting acclimated with his surroundings.

Fortunately, Richards has his parents and girlfriend with him, at least until Sunday when they return home. But Richards will still have family support as an uncle, aunt and cousin also call Toronto home.

Veteran CFL quarterback Ricky Ray calls it a career after 17 seasons

Veteran CFL quarterback Ricky Ray calls it a career after 17 seasons TORONTO — Ricky Ray is calling it a career. The veteran quarterback made the announcement on a conference call Wednesday. The move isn't a surprise as Ray, 39, was coming off a season-ending neck injury suffered while playing with the Toronto Argonauts. Ray has played 17 seasons of pro football, 16 in the CFL. Questions regarding Ray's CFL future began to arise moments after he left BMO Field on a stretcher with his head immobilized in the third quarter of Toronto's 41-7 home loss to the Calgary Stampeders on June 23.

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With the Toronto Blue Jays’ ouster from the baseball playoffs, the Argos will return to Rogers Centre for their two remaining regular-season games against B.C. and Tentative CFL-CFLPA deal presents one less distraction for Argos rookie Shane Richards . On Wednesday, the CFL and CFL Players’

Richards, who was born in Jamaica but grew up in Calgary, has gone through this before. He attended junior college in New Mexico before making the trek to Stillwater.

"I think I've been in this position before where I'm moving to a new city and new team," he said. "I'm going to come in and try to catch up as fast as possible and compete."

The Argos didn't hold a rookie camp so Richards won't have that benefit when he reports to training camp.

"It would've helped me with the playbook and trying to get up to speed," Richards said. "But I'm excited to get to camp, it just means it's time to go harder and try to get up on things faster and get used to the game faster.

"I don't think I'm nervous yet (about camp). But once we have the first practice and everything is up and going, I'll probably feel it then."

Richards will offer Toronto options on its offensive line. He said during his college tenure he played left and right tackle and guard and even took snaps sometimes in practice.

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Ray retires and a great, under-appreciated career is over A few years back, when we didn’t have a lot of staff and I was helping out in the basketball off-season, I did an awful lot of Argos games. It was a gas, I really liked helping out on the beat and saw games in Montreal, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, all of which were cool atmospheres and good times. But the best part of it, the most enjoyable – was watching Ricky Ray play quarterback and dealing with him post-game and on the odd off-day. He was a master at his craft, pinpoint accuracy to the point you were surprised when he threw an incompletion and a way of managing a drive or game that was crazy good.

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“It’s a little achy, but they said it’s typical the first week that I’m going to be in a little bit of pain.” The normal rehabilitation time is about six months, and Ray is expected to report on time for More from Sports. Tentative CFL-CFLPA deal presents one less distraction for Argos rookie Shane Richards .

"Any position they put me at I'll be comfortable playing," he said.

Richards understands the weight of expectation he'll carry upon his massive shoulders during camp. After all, there's a reason why Toronto took him with the first overall pick.

But Richards isn't feeling very much pressure as he embarks on his pro football career.

"A little bit, but not really too much," he said. "I know now people will be looking at me and everything I do so it puts much more of an emphasis on doing well, to be honest.

"But I can only do what I'm allowed to do. I'll compete and do the things I know how to do and just focus on that."

Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

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