If he’s hearing footsteps, Argonauts receiver Jason Barnes isn’t saying.
While his numbers in last week’s 22-14 win over Calgary don’t jump off the scoresheet — four catches, 44 yards — they’re his best of the season. In the previous game, an 18-9 loss to B.C., he wasn’t targetted once by quarterback Ricky Ray.
“Calgary was my most complete game for this season, but I’m not happy with my effort so far,” said Barnes, a free-agent signing in the off-season. “I could have gotten open more. I want to contribute more.”
Barnes caught 50 passes for 869 yards and seven TDs last season with Ray in Edmonton. But Ray’s primary targets in Toronto have been Chad Owens and Andre Durie — fourth and sixth, respectively, in CFL receiving yards.
Depending on how creative Milanovich gets with his roster, Mann could see his first action against Edmonton.
Ray doesn’t feel any pressure to throw to anybody.
“I want guys to do well . . . but to be honest when I’m back there and the play is called, I can’t worry about who has only a couple of catches,” Ray said. “I just have to make sure I read the play right.”
Milanovich won’t hesitate to reshape his offence. Rambo is likely several weeks away, but Mann is ready and GM Jim Barker has been scouting NFL camps.
“We’d like the guys to step up and separate and make it more clear cut for us, but nobody has lost their spot,” Milanovich said. “But we need to get better as receivers, just as we did on the line and at tailback.”