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Argos look to Reinders to plug leaky line


Pawel Dwulit/Toronto Star Argonaut quarterback Ricky Ray lays on the ground after being sacked during Monday’s game against the Eskimos at the Rogers Center in Toronto.

Argos quarterback Ricky Ray’s pass protection might have just been given a much-needed boost with the signing Tuesday of 2010 Canadian draft pick Joel Reinders.

The Argos originally selected the 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Oakville in the fourth round, 26th overall, in that draft.

“Joel was a highly rated player in 2010 who had signed with the Cleveland Browns and, as a result, fell to the fourth round of our draft,” Argos GM Jim Barker said. “After a few NFL camps, we feel he’s ready to come to our team to both compete and contribute.

“He brings both great size and athleticism.”

The Argos’ offensive line had a bad outing in Monday’s 26-17 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. Ray was sacked four times and was under pressure most of the game.

Reinders, 24, could see his first action on Labour Day when the Argos play the Tiger-Cats.

He played for the University of Waterloo for two seasons after starting his college career as a basketball player. He was a CIS all-star at right tackle in his first year and was signed by the Browns.

Reinders had been at training camp with the New York Giants but was cut Monday.

“Being an Argonaut means I get to perform in front of all of my friends and family, which I’m very excited about,” Reinders said in a statement. “I love to play football and I’m blessed to be healthy and get an opportunity to compete at this level.”

thestar.com – Sports