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Morris: Arceneaux leading by example in first season with Riders

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31.07.2019

For most of eight seasons, the Manny Show played to rave reviews.

As a BC Lion, Emmanuel Arceneaux established himself as one of the premier receivers in the CFL. He used his size, strength and sure hands to make the catch that needed to be made, gain the yards that had to be gained.

There were three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and five of over 800 yards. He was a CFL All-star twice.

But like any long-running act, the Manny Show began to show signs of wear. Arceneaux played only nine games last year before suffering an ACL injury that ended his season. When Lions general manager Ed Hervey began remodelling the team last winter, the 31-year-old Arceneaux was blown out the door in the winds of change.

In February Arceneaux signed as a free agent with Saskatchewan and introduced an updated version of the Manny Show to the Roughriders. He may not be the prime receiver in the Rider offensive scheme, but Arceneaux has played an important role in mentoring young receivers like Shaq Evans, Kyran Moore, and Mitchell Picton.

“Just being their voice and leading by example,” Arceneaux said in explaining his role. “The guys are talented, they are pros. It’s just showing them what it takes to be a pro, and that’s consistency. That’s what I preach to them, be consistent. You want to be the man; you’ve got to be consistent.

“Consistency can buy you a lot of years. It starts in the meeting room, the practice field and on game day.”

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