THE CANADIAN PRESS
EDMONTON -- Cory Boyd has come to terms with his stunning departure from the Toronto Argonauts and is prepared to bring plenty of "peace, love and joy,'' to his new CFL home.
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Boyd met with Edmonton reporters Tuesday for the first time since agreeing to terms with the Eskimos late Sunday night. That move came hours after the Argos' shocking decision to release Boyd, twice a 1,000-yard runner with the club and the league's rushing leader this season who was on pace for more than 1,300 yards.
Boyd, 27, says while he still doesn't understand the move he's OK with it, sort of.
Boyd is fine with comments made by some former teammates and the speculation surrounding why he was let go, which has ranged from missed blocking assignments on the field to Boyd having personal issues in the dressing room.
"I'm a guy who stays to myself, I'm a loner and I guess that rubbed people the wrong way when they wanted to go do things, hang out,'' Boyd said. "I like to stay to myself and work on football. It's OK, people are going to say things.
"I'm always open and very blunt and I think that ruffled the feathers of some people. But I'm very respectful, I just expect that when people say certain things to me, we can all be on the same page with peace, love and joy.''
On Sunday, Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich said while Boyd was a great runner there was more to playing tailback than just running the football. With the Argos' offensive attack firmly centred around veteran quarterback Ricky Ray - one of the most accurate passers in CFL history - questions had surfaced about Boyd's blocking ability.
But Boyd suggested he had become the scapegoat for Toronto's other problems.
"As a running back you're asked to pick up a lot of slack when your line is not performing as much as they're supposed to,'' he said. "I had five guys in front of me busting their tails, doing the best they can do . . . and a lot of time they wanted me to pick up protection from other guys and I was able to do that.
"Somebody had to take the fall when things don't go right. It's easy for me to be put under the bus on that one but I have no bad feelings. I know I'm a great back, I know I can block, I know I can catch, I feel like I'm one of the best all-around backs in this league. Whatever I lack I'm just going to have to keep working harder and that's all I'm going to say.''
Boyd certainly has a lot of ground to make up considering Edmonton hosts the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night, but he's expecting to be ready.