Noah Picton has made the most of every opportunity he has been presented with in his football career while quieting naysayers. He is hoping he can do it one more time and become a CFL quarterback.
The former Regina Rams quarterback was in the Sportscage Monday one day after the Toronto Argonauts announced they had signed USports Canada’s all-time leading passing yards leader to a three-year contract.
The 23-year-old is obviously excited at the chance to return to Toronto to show what he can do, but he will go this team to try and impress new Argonauts head coach Corey Chamblin. The two have familiarity as Picton was at Riders training camp in 2015 when Chamblin was the head coach. He says he is a much different quarterback now.
“I think looking back then, I was just a kid.” Picton said. “I was just there to throw the ball around with just a handful of starts with the Rams under my belt. Now I think I’ve developed as a leader, a team-mate and a quarterback in general. I look more like a legitimate CFL player now than I was in 2015.”
Picton, who was at Argos camp last year but did not get into a pre-season game before being returned to Regina, has felt he has had to prove himself at every level he has competed at starting in high school at Leboldus because of his size, but instead of defending himself by being vocal, he has let his arm and his brain do the talking for him. He feels he will have to do that again when he heads to training camp with the Argonauts.
“I’ve always had the attitude of give me a shot and I’ll show you what I can do.” Picton stated. “I’m not going to parade things on social media saying give me a chance, I’ve always said present me with the opportunity and I’ll make the most of it.”
Picton, who threw for 11,494 yards and 71 touchdowns with the Rams, had his final season cut short due to injury as he came down with an infection in his foot following a win over Manitoba on September 29. That infection resulted in septic arthritis setting in which can become dangerous if not treated properly. He says the foot is not quite at 100 percent yet as he is working with physiotherapists, but that he will be ready to go when the Argos break camp with the intention being to crack the roster in some fashion.