Kelly taking high road

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

Mike Kelly isn't spending this week ripping into his receivers.

The Edmonton Eskimos receivers coach is taking a different approach after his group had a very subpar outing against Calgary last Friday, dropping five passes.

"I didn't want to be Mother Hen (after that game)," said Kelly on how he's handling his receivers.

"I don't want to be the Gestapo either. There is a balance there. Sometimes handling receivers is a lot like handling pitchers.

"You have to have their mind right. They have to be relaxed and focused on the task at hand. I am not going to rant and rave about it. These guys have played very good football for nine games and then they have one game that was subpar. You can't lose your mind over something like that. You just have to re-focus."

The Eskimos battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (5 p.m., CHED, TSN).

Another rough outing might change Kelly's tune.

"As a receiving corps we had five drops and a fumble (in last Friday's loss)," said Kelly.

"We are not going to win too many games doing that because as we go as a unit, so does this football team. We didn't perform. I got to do a better job."

Kelly Campbell had three drops. Kamau Peterson had a fumble.

But the group has made noticeable catches in practice this week.

QUICK HIT: FORMER ESKIMO DEFENSIVE TACKLE RANDY SPENCER MADE A SURPRISE VISIT AT YESTERDAY'S PRACTICE.

Out of the league this year because of two shoulder surgeries, Spencer is in the real-estate investment business.

With a new company called 9intey 3ird Investments Inc. - a play on the neighbourhood he calls home in this city - the 29-year-old isn't ruling out changing gears next year and returning to the CFL again.

But after playing 17 games in Montreal last year, he only wants to play for one team in the future.

"I will only come back here," he said.


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