Mates help Gaylor stay focused

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Trevor Gaylor saved his best for last.

The Edmonton Eskimo receiver redeemed himself with five catches on a key drive in the fourth quarter that led to a Sean Fleming field goal.

This came after he dropped two easy balls from Ricky Ray earlier in the game.

Coupled with his performance from last week, that was four drops in two games for a receiver that was sent to the doghouse last year for his inconsistency.

But Gaylor was able to get back on the beam and make critical grabs in that fourth quarter drive - three for first downs - because of his fellow receivers.

"They could see me in the tank," said Gaylor of his fellow receivers like Kamau Peterson, Jason Tucker and Andrew Nowacki.

"I wasn't completely out of it but I was thinking too much about the mistake.

"And they (the receivers) were like: there is nothing you could possibly do about it but go out there and play better.

"My mind was still in it - thanks to the (other) receivers."

Gaylor's biggest catch of the day, though, might have been his last.

Montreal kicker Damon Duval attempted a short kickoff in the final minute to get his club the ball back while trailing by six points.

But Gaylor calmly made the catch on the high-arcing ball and stepped out of bounds.

MASH UNIT: THE ESKS MIGHT HAVE LOST RECEIVER T.J. ACREE TO THE INJURY LIST.

Without Tony Tompkins - who has left the club due to the death of his mother - Acree was forced to return punts yesterday afternoon.

The move by the coaching staff to give Acree extra work raised some eyebrows because the receiver has been battling foot injuries through the year.

Sure enough, Acree injured a wrist on one return and then injured his right foot on another return.

With ice wrapped on the bottom of that foot, Acree didn't finish the game and is set to have a MRI.

He couldn't even put weight on the injured leg in the dressing room late yesterday afternoon.

SHORT YARDAGE: LINEBACKER A.J. GASS DOESN'T BELIEVE HE HAS A CONCUSSION AFTER TAKING A WALLOP TO THE NOGGIN LATE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

Needless to say, the Esks are sure hoping he is right.

"I got my bell rung real quick," said Gass, who was trying to make a tackle.

"A little stinger, a little dizziness.

"I remember the three words they gave me.

"I have been running them over and over in my head so I don't forget."

Gass is referring to three words he got from the team's training/medical staff on the sidelines after the hit. He had to repeat them to the staff after the game.

Call it a short, but important test of his brain.

"Table, penny, flower," stated Gass, repeating the words to a reporter when asked 10 minutes after the game.

The real test was still to come from the Eskimo staff.


Videos

Photos