'Castoff' taking off with Esks & Ray

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Who leads the CFL in touchdown receptions this year?

A) Geroy Simon, B.C.

B) Milt Stegall, WPG

C) Kamau Peterson, EDM

D) D.J. Flick, SASK

The answer is C and D - Peterson and Flick are tied for the league lead with five touchdowns each.

"I talk to him about once a week," said Peterson of Flick.

"He is asking me to slow up.

"We both chuckle about it. We are both considered Hamilton castoffs, if you will.

"They didn't see us in their plans."

But they are both playing huge roles with their current club - and they go head-to-head on Saturday night in Regina. The Edmonton Eskimos (3-3-1) battle the first-place Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-2-0) in an intriguing West Division tilt at Mosaic Stadium. (8 p.m., CBC)

"It is great to see him do that (catching touchdowns)," said Peterson on Flick.

"I knew he was capable. And he knew I was capable.

"I guess everybody else is kind of surprised."

In Peterson's case, that is a fair assessment when it comes to people outside of the Edmonton locker-room.

Known as Kamau Incompleterson before he arrived in Edmonton this off-season as a free-agent, he was coming off a rough season in Hamilton.

He only had one TD catch with the Ticats in 16 games last year.

No wonder he asked for his release from Hamilton.

"There were three or four games where I didn't see a ball," remembered Peterson of his time in Hamilton last season. "And most of them I wouldn't see a ball until the fourth quarter. It was mostly (Jason Maas) aborting a read and just throwing it up, praying somebody would make a play."

Changing from being a wide-side receiver to a slotback in Edmonton has definitely helped with more balls coming his way.

There is also the trust factor with quarterback Ricky Ray.

"He is making some big catches when we need him to make those catches," said Ray. "It is a good position to play in this offence. He is playing the same thing Jason Clermont is playing (in B.C.). He is going to get a lot of balls thrown his way."

Peterson had the game-winning touchdown catch last week against Hamilton at Commonwealth Stadium. He also had the winning major in Winnipeg in July.

In total, he has one third of Edmonton's touchdowns this year. But he would definitely like to have one opportunity back - and it has nothing to do with a touchdown.

Peterson wasn't able to hold onto a second-down pass in the fourth quarter last weekend, forcing Sean Fleming to punt. Thankfully, Hamilton didn't come back to win.

"All this week that is all I am bringing my eyes to - everything through the catch instead of taking a step and running," said Peterson.

When Edmonton is in the red zone on Saturday in Regina, all eyes better be on Peterson - especially without Jason Tucker in the lineup.


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