Tucker has career high against Als

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, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

On a night when 36,280 Eskimos fans went home on a high, Jason Tucker went home with a career high.

Sparked by his opening-play 62-yard TD catch, the veteran Esks wideout racked up 217 yards on 10 catches and was an instrumental possession receiver in last night's whitewash of the Montreal Alouettes.

Quarterback Ricky Ray said the opening play worked better than how it was drawn up.

"From the onset, they let him run free down the middle," said Ray. "We were able to hook up with him.

WORKED WELL

"We had that planned for the first play. We didn't think it was going to work that good."

In one of those strange twists of fate, Tucker's previous best game was also against Montreal, at Commonwealth, on Aug. 26, 2005.

On that hot August night, Tucker produced 217 yards that ranked No. 9 among the team's all-time best single-game performances.

"You know what, we just had a great game," said Tucker. "Ricky did a great job putting the ball where it had to be, so it was good. He was on tonight. That's something we needed. We've got to build on this and keep on going."

It's the type of outing that Tucker needed.

He returned to the lineup last Friday against Calgary, missing four games after his knee was scoped in early August.

HEALTHY AGAIN

"The knee's feeling good, so I was feeling good out there," said Tucker. "It was good to have it. We couldn't have drawn (the opening play) up better than that."

Tucker has been the Esks top receiver over the past three seasons and is looking to have his fourth straight 1,000-yard season.

"Not bad," said Tucker, who became only the second Eskimo in history (Brian Kelly is the other) to have a pair of 215-yard plus games. "Hopefully, there will be many more to come."


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