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The Argonauts have officially re-signed Mississauga native WR Juwan Brescacin for the 2022 season. Brescacin, 29, missed most of last season due to a knee injury. Over six games he caught nine passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Brescacin’s 2021 production didn’t live up to the excitement created by his signing, but his health seems to have been the primary factor. He looked great in the season opener against Calgary, catching a touchdown against his former team, and he caused matchup problems at Winnipeg in Week 2 prior to his injury near the end of the game. When he came back in November, he wasn’t moving nearly as well as he had been prior to his injury. He finally seemed to have regained his form in Toronto’s playoff loss to Hamilton, bringing in four receptions for 46 yards.
A healthy Juwan Brescacin is a huge asset for the Argonauts. As the Y (middle receiver to the field side) in Coach Dinwiddie’s offense, his size and hands cause problems for opposing defenses who like to sit in Cover-3, and he forces some teams to redistribute personnel for the purposes of man coverage. He’s bigger and heavier than his listed height and weight of 6’3”, 227lbs, and while he’s not a speedster, he’s a threat downfield because of how well he boxes out defenders and plays the ball in the air. He’s also a skilled blocker in the run game.
To take full advantage of Brescacin’s ability, the Argos still need to settle on a speed receiver to stretch out the field from the R position (inside receiver to the field side). Signings like Earnest Edwards and Darece Roberson are a step in the right direction, but bringing in a more proven CFL receiver with that skillset would be optimal.