Sanchez is back with attitude

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Move over, James Brown. Davis Sanchez needs to borrow your "I feel good" line.

And the hardest-working man in practice is ready to prove it.

"This is his best week since training camp," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia, who gets his cornerback back after a month on the shelf with a hamstring injury.

"He's fired up. He's been out of the lineup for a number of weeks now and he's glad to be back in there and we're glad to have him back there."

"I can't wait, it's been a long time," said Sanchez, one of the biggest acquisitions in Edmonton's off-season. "I'm excited. It's going to be a fun time."

With Sanchez comes a little bit of a swagger, which never hurts.

"Just the attitude that he brings back there," said Maciocia. "Every time he lines up he feels that he's definitely the best cover corner in the league and he wants to shut down the guy that lines up over him. The attitude he brings is pretty contagious for everyone out there.

"That's huge for this football team to have him back there. A guy with his experience who understands the league and the guys he's going to line up against."

Like Argos quarterback Damon Allen. Limiting the ageless one's impact will be a tall order in his first game back.

"Damon is a mystery," said Sanchez. "The things he can do at his age ... he looks like a kid out there. You watch him run around and there's no limp in him.

"He's quick, he's fast. I hope I can have the same kind of longevity."

- The Argos are even less productive on the ground than Edmonton, but with John Avery on staff, Maciocia warns that Toronto's running game is not to be taken lightly.

"You'll all probably have a good laugh at this, but they don't make a big commitment to the run game," said Maciocia, who's been hearing the same concerns about his own team all season. "He only gets seven, eight, nine, 10 carries. He's the type of guy who needs his 18 to 20 carries. When he does and he's healthy he can get you 130, 140, 150 yards.

"You know he's going to break a couple, that's how special he is. But he has been banged up a bit and had a tough time trying to fit into what they're doing offensively. Hopefully this week they'll just give him his six to eight carries and we'll be happy with that."


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