Ricky off to good start in Toronto

Running back Ricky Williams has made a quick impression in Toronto, where he will be playing football this season. Williams, who is wearing a different jersey number with the Argonauts, ironically might put on the bench another former Dolphins running back.

Perhaps the most ironic aspect of this Williams story is that the player likely to be the most affected by his arrival in Toronto is none other than John Avery.

The former Dolphins first-round pick obviously isn't terribly happy about Williams' arrival, as he and fellow running back Jeff Johnson aren't talking to the media these days.

As for Williams, his coaches noticed very quickly that Williams is a bright guy who picked things up rather easily.

If you saw pictures of Williams in his Argonauts uniform, you probably noticed he's now wearing number 27. Williams said he wanted to wear that number after returning to the Dolphins last summer, to signify a new start, but the NFL denied him permission to do that because of marketing issues.

As a reminder, Toronto's CFL regular season kicks off June 16.

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Former Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman is back in the NFL after being hired as vice president of player personnel by the Minnesota Vikings.

"We are extremely excited to hire Rick as our Vice President of Player Personnel," said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf. "We are impressed with Rick's expertise, passion, character and work ethic."

Spielman, who did work as an ESPN analyst after beinng let go by the Dolphins last summer, unfortunately didn't have a memorable GM stint in Miami. He forever will be remember for a few moves that backfired, notably trading a second-round pick for QB A.J. Feeley, giving a big contract for free agent CB Reggie Howard and giving up a fourth-round pick to move up one spot in the first round to draft OL Vernon Carey.


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