The Toronto Argonauts want to protect quarterback Nick Arbuckle from himself.
He’s been dealing with a hamstring injury at training camp on the campus of the University of Guelph.
“Nick’s been dinged, he’s got a little hammy deal. We’ve had him taking mental reps, he had a setback the other day with a little tweak. He wants to go out there and practice, I’m holding him back from himself,” head coach Ryan Dinwiddie said.
According to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, Arbuckle signed a one-year contract for the 2021 season with the Argos which could be worth $325,000 and included a $150,000 signing bonus. He has a $109,000 base salary, plus $12,000 in available housing payments and $3,000 per game in playtime incentives.
“All it takes is we go out and push it more than we should, let’s be cautious and I don’t want to have a long-term problem. It’s a short-term problem right now, we’ll get it fixed and he’ll be ready to go on the seventh. For right now we have to hold him back from himself,” Dinwiddie said.
August 7 the double blue take on the Stampeders in Calgary at McMahon Stadium to start their season. And the competition to steer the Argos ship at quarterback is definitely still going, McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Antonio Pipkin have been splitting reps in practice with Arbuckle observing.
“I feel comfortable with all those guys, Pipkin is getting better, Mac is ahead of him right now at this stage and Nick knows the offence but him and Mac are competing. It’s never about my offence, I’m always going to tailor the offence around the quarterback and what he does well,” Dinwiddie said.
“I’m not going to make a decision until the end of training camp, make sure we go through all kind of avenues to how we’re going to grade those guys, see how they’ve developed over camp and who is the right guy is to start Week 1 in Calgary.”
The Argos are planning to dress two quarterbacks during games and the pair could change each week. Although, Toronto has to decide on a starter first and foremost.