Picking on Ricky

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

Four interceptions in one game.

Ten picks in the last five games.

Those are Ricky Ray's unsettling statistics for the Edmonton Eskimos entering Sunday's game in Montreal (11 a.m. MT, TSN2, CHED).

But there doesn't seem to be anyone in the Esks locker-room that is concerned about the starting quarterback's confidence level heading into this contest of 7-4 teams.

"Ricky hadn't thrown a touchdown in 2005 in the last five or six regular-season games through the air," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia. "He was (then) the MVP in the Grey Cup game."

Maciocia claims two of Ray's four interceptions last Saturday against Hamilton weren't his fault.

But Ray believes three of them were on him.

Regardless, the $450,000-a-year pivot believes confidence won't be an issue in Montreal.

"I am still confident I can go out there and make all the throws," he said. "It is something I am going to concentrate on and see if I can make some more accurate throws and better decisions."

Offensive co-ordinator Rick Worman believes Ray is his own worst critic.

"He is harder on himself than the coaches," stated Worman. "The bottom line is that he came back and led us to the winning drive (last Saturday).He will sharpen his focus."

Ray still leads the CFL in passing yardage after 11 games with 3,672 (an average of 334 per game).

But with 13 interceptions this year, Ray has the second most picks in the CFL.

Only Winnipeg's Kevin Glenn has thrown more (14).

Anthony Calvillo - Montreal's starter - has thrown 34 more passes this season than Ray but has eight interceptions.

QUICK HIT: Ray's offensive line could look different Sunday in Montreal.

After breaking an ankle in Week 1 of the season, Dan Comiskey returned to his first full practice yesterday in nearly 80 days.

The non-import left guard took plenty of snaps with the first-team unit, but the bigger test comes today when the pads are put on.

If Comiskey can play in Montreal there are other O-line decisions to be made.

Import Calvin Armstrong has done a rock-solid job filling in for Comiskey. He could move to another position or be taken off the roster.

Starting import tackle Garrick Jones suffered a pectoral muscle injury last Saturday but took some reps at yesterday's practice.

HOUSE WATCH: Jones still doesn't know the extent of damage to his Houston, TX, home after hurricane Ike rocked the Gulf Coast last weekend.

"I am flying blind right now," said Jones. "They can't get to my house. People are getting closer and closer to my area. There are so many power lines that are down."

EXTRA POINTS: Defensive tackle Dario Romero -who missed last week's game - has returned to practice and appears to be probable for this week ... Defensive end Montez Murphy seems ready to play after being injured last weekend.


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