Maciocia high on Gaylor

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Danny Maciocia is trying to refrain from hugging Trevor Gaylor.

The Eskimos head coach is that excited about the major improvement in his wide receiver.

"There are times in the last couple of days where I just want to go to Trevor and hug him," said Maciocia.

"It is a totally different person."

Gaylor spent many weeks buried in Maciocia's doghouse last year.

Knocked for being an inconsistent receiver, the 29-year-old import was benched twice last year.

But the two sides have put their differences behind them and balls are no longer clanging off Gaylor's hands through the opening week of training camp.

"I know he has the ability not only to play here but to be a dominating receiver," continued the coach.

"And he owes it to himself."

That message has hit home with Gaylor.

"I feel like I am getting old," remarked Gaylor.

"As a wide receiver, if you are not starting or contributing at the age of 29 or 30 you are pretty much on your way out.

"I am not through playing football. I basically came here to sell out - give it my all.

"I want to play until I can possibly have a nice retirement like an Ed Hervey or Singor Mobley."

The Missouri native showed his talents in 2005 by racking up 929 receiving yards. Through the turmoil last season, he had just 382 yards in eight games.

FINISH LINES: After five days of camp there is no definitive pecking order in the battle to be the main back-up pivot behind Ricky Ray.

Steven Jyles and Stefan LeFors have looked good at times, but they have also had their rocky moments.

"This is going to be a long process," said Maciocia.


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