Davis adds new dimension

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

Troy Davis was airlifted out of Hamilton to give the Edmonton Eskimos a ground attack and the move has worked.

In three starts, the proof is in the win column and not the stats. The pass-happy Eskimos have run the ball just enough to beat people and that's fine with the powerful running back.

"Everything is going well and I'm happy to play," said Davis, whose team takes on the Calgary Stampeders today at McMahon (3 p.m.). "Things are going well because we've been 3-0 since I got here. I got the chance to go to the playoffs and win the Grey Cup now."

The Stampeders easily held the Eskimos offence in check for two meetings earlier this season when Michael Jenkins and Ron McClendon were the feature backs.

Davis, who was the CFL's leading rusher last season, can pick up good yardage on first down even with limited carries and is a solid pass catcher and blocker.

So although Ricky Ray hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in those three wins, the effect Davis has had is a positive one.

"We're just a little more efficient running the football," Ray said.

"We aren't throwing it as much as we have been. We're more about ball control. Troy has picked up more yardage than we have been throughout the year. We're more balanced now because you can't just defend the pass, you have to worry about both aspects of the game."

The 30-year-old Davis spent the past five seasons in Hamilton and got into a comfort zone with the Ticats. He wasn't too pleased to be sent across the country to a new team but has slowly adapted to the Eskimos.


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