Cameron Dukes gets first crack at QB as Argos field veteran offence for preseason opener

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The Toronto Argonauts will roll with a veteran offence and an inexperienced defence for their first preseason game on Saturday afternoon in Montreal.

Just two projected offensive starters won’t make the trip for the Boatmen in centre Darius Ciraco and receiver Damonte Coxie. Third-year offensive lineman Gregor MacKellar will roll with the number ones as Peter Nicastro moves to centre, while rookie Justin Marshall will get first crack at showing his worth in the receiving corps.

With few spots up for grabs, all eyes will be on the quarterback position as Toronto looks to plug the gap left by the suspension of reigning Most Outstanding Player Chad Kelly. Second-year man Cameron Dukes will get the nod to begin the game after making a pair of starts last season, but recently signed veteran Nick Arbuckle has already leap-frogged third-stringer Bryan Scott on the depth chart following an outstanding showing in the Double Blue scrimmage.

Defensively, cornerback Tarvarus McFadden and halfback Mason Pierce are the only projected starters expected to dress, as the Argos let their rookies have some run across the board. Notably, former Duke University standout Darius Joiner will receive the first audition for the vacant strong-side linebacker position.

The Argonauts are scheduled to kick off against the Alouettes on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game is available for viewing free online via CFL+.

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