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Argos' DaShaun Amos Shows Some Love And Then It's All Business To Former Stamps Teammate

Toronto Argonauts defensive back DaShaun Amos intercepts an intended pass to Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Kian Schaffer-Baker during second quarter of CFL football action against Toronto Argonauts in Regina, on Sunday, July 24, 2022.
Defensive back for the Toronto Argonauts Dashawn Amos intercepts an intended pass to Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Kian Shaffer-Baker during the second quarter of CFL Football Action against the Toronto Argonauts in Regina on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Photo by Heywood Yu /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dashawn at the crossroads of his career. Decided to take the long road to Calgary. Knowledge of CFL.

In the end, the defensive back made the right call, but at the time there was anxiety.

Like many Americans waiting for that shot in the NFL, Amos grew impatient.

Amos reflects on his journey and recalls the interest expressed by his two teams in the south.

All the while, Stamps had his contract on the table in case Amos decided to break into a new league and a new country.

“It made me want to play football.” “I took the chance and came to Canada. He has shown me a lot of loyalty.”

When he moved to Calgary, the team's defensive Bucks coach was Joshua Bell, now in his second season with the Argos.

The Argos are sometimes referred to simply as the Calgary East by numerous individuals, including head coach Ryan Dinwiddie and defensive coordinator Corey Mace. during their career.

Indeed, Amos is in contact with his former Calgary teammate.

"When you spend time in his locker room, you share that sweat, that hard work, that bond," Amos said. "And those are the bonds that can't be broken, no matter what team they're on, no matter the circumstances. I talk to them all the time."

One player Amos spoke to recently. was former Argos Rush End Sean Lemon, who was part of Toronto's Gray Cup Championship in 2017. This team upset Calgary in the Ottawa snow.

"I always root for them (Stamp)," he said Amos. "Before the (game) clock starts, it's all love. Once it starts, it's all business."

For Amos, a native of Richmond, Virginia, he needed to do a lot of research on Calgary. and had to explore virtually everything when it came to three-down football. An opponent who played and was going to play against him.

Amos was a rookie in 2018 during his season at Calgary, where he appeared in two games. By the end of his run with the Stamps in 2021, he was an All-Star for the West.

Argos signed him in free agency in the same offseason that Mace was named as his DC in Toronto. Mace coached Calgary's defensive line he coached.

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Stamp has not visited the BMO field since he won 23-16 in 2019. Amos had four tackles, Royce Metchy was a pick and Wynton McManis had three. All three are now wearing his Double Blue.

Another former stump, Mississauga's Juwan Brescacin, will make his season debut as a wide receiver at Argos, but he will dress as a backup.

When Brescasin made his 2021 debut for Argos to open the season at Calgary. He had one reception for a touchdown as the Argos escaped McMahon Stadium in a 23–20 win.

Argos are once again turning their backs on the proverbial wall as they enter the night following last week's bombing in Hamilton.

At 4-4, they are in danger of dropping below .500 once they reach midseason in the CFL.

And they have to face his QB Boley-by-Mitchell of the undefeated Stamps at his new home in Argos, except for his 2016 Gray Cup at BMO Field. it won't work.

Amos has never had to field the Stamps' marquee his quarterback during an actual game. However, these two of him actually pitted each other during first-team scrimmage in Calgary.

"Very competitive," Amos said of these sessions. "We treated them like a game. The receiving group is always good. They compete hard and want to win every rep. They want you to do better."

“Calgary has a high standard they set.

Needless to say, Argos must be in top form on Saturday.

Dinwiddie made his head coaching debut for Calgary last year. He was hired by the Argos in late 2019 after years with the Stamps as QB coach alongside head coach Dave Dickenson.

"They're going to bring an 'A' game. We've got to match that," said Dinwiddie.
Calgary features a back end that gives up plays, records interceptions and makes plays.

"They are good at keeping everything in front of them," added Calgary secondary Dinwiddie. "They make you dunk and dunk and they make you earn it. And they add a little pressure."

fzicarelli@postmedia.com

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