CFL

Argos QB James Franklin loses starting gig after slow start

Toronto Argonauts quarterback James Franklin, who was 1-3 as the starter replacing the injured Ricky Ray, will sit in favour of McLeod Bethel-Thompson, at least for Thursday's game against Ottawa.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson named replacement for Thursday game vs. Redblacks

Argonauts quarterback James Franklin has been benched as the team's starting quarterback in favour of second-year man McLeod Bethel-Thompson following a 1-3 start to his season. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press)

McLeod Bethel-Thompson is now the Toronto Argonauts starting quarterback.

Head coach Marc Trestman made the change Sunday, meaning Bethel-Thompson will be under centre Thursday night when Toronto (1-5) hosts the Ottawa Redblacks (4-2).

Bethel-Thompson replaces James Franklin, who was 1-3 as the starter replacing the injured Ricky Ray.

It's been a tough go for the six-foot-two, 225-pound Franklin, who Toronto acquired in the off-season from the Edmonton Eskimos. Franklin has completed 92 of 141 passes so far for 967 yards with three times the interceptions (six) than touchdown passes (two).

Franklin was 20-of-31 passing for 236 yards with three interceptions in Toronto's 40-14 road loss to Winnipeg on Friday night. The Blue Bombers outscored the Argos 78-34 in sweeping the home-and-home series.

Franklin and Bethel-Thompson battled for the backup job behind Ray during training camp.

Bethel-Thompson, 29, is in his second season with Toronto but will make his first CFL start versus Ottawa.

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