Good, but not greatest

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Random thoughts and observations as the Edmonton Eskimos get set for Week 3 of the regular season ...

- The Jason Tucker game-winning catch from last week against Calgary is still creating a buzz.

But for Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia, the one-handed grab in double coverage last Thursday wasn't Tucker's best catch in his career.

"If you remove the championships, I would say the one the other night would rank No. 2," said Maciocia.

"The one versus Calgary here a few years ago where he lost his helmet as he's in mid-air and caught the football and survived the ground from jarring it loose.

"It was as good of a catch as I have ever seen.

"The other night some of the coaches on staff here - this is their first year - couldn't get over the catch.

"I tried to make them understand that there was a better one that took place here a few years ago. And they still refuse to believe me.

"I am trying to look for the clip so I can show them."

Tucker has no idea if his 36-yard touchdown grab to give Edmonton the 34-31 win in the regular-season home opener last week was his best ever.

"I have never rated them, to be honest," said the seven-year Eskimo.

But Tucker does know his spectacular catch last Thursday was rated the sixth-best play on ESPN's Top 10 list for plays of the day.

"The catch is not what really impressed me. You see receivers make one-handed catches. It is after he caught the ball," continued Maciocia.

"He got hit by Wes Lysack and he was able to survive the hit as he is bringing the ball in.

"And then hits the ground and shows the official the football. That is what I found to be quite impressive."

- Rookie defensive back Keith Williams has been a target for opposing offences through two games.

Through two weeks, the halfback has 11 tackles to lead the team.

That is a clear sign teams are firing bullets in his direction.

And while Williams has watched two touchdowns scored in his area of the field through two weeks, he has recorded a fumble recovery, a tackle for a loss and two forced fumbles.

"I think he is coming through very well," said defensive back coach Noel Thorpe.

"He plays at 100 miles an hour - mistakes are going to happen.

"But he is going to make up for some of those mistakes with effort and hustle."

- Defensive end Brandon Guillory deserves credit for refusing to open his mouth and stir the pot over sitting on the sidelines for three straight weeks.

It appears the Esks' sack leader through the preseason will miss his third straight game tomorrow as a healthy scratch.

- Receiver Kamau Peterson is wondering why he was placed on the CFL's transaction wire last week.

In a story that appeared on Sun Media's Eskimos Insider blog, it was revealed Peterson's name was on the transaction wire, being added to the club's roster on July 4.

Maciocia didn't want to talk about the transaction.


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