Esks have fumble-itis

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

MONTREAL When will the Edmonton Eskimos learn to keep their hands on the football?

The Green and Gold fumbled the ball five more times yesterday in their 40-4 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

The Esks didnt recover one of those fumbles.

Its a problem that is growing and needs to be addressed.

Coming into league games this past week, the Esks led the CFL with the most fumbles on offence with 21.

The club had also lost the most fumbles at 12. Those numbers ballooned yesterday, as the offence was responsible for four of those fumbles.

For the third straight game, Eskimo receiver Kamau Peterson fumbled yesterday after making a catch.

Like the previous two games, Petersons fumble turned into points for the Alouettes.

A field goal made it 33-4 off that turnover.

It is obviously something we have to focus more on, said Peterson.

I think we get ahead of ourselves at times. I can feel myself doing it. I am trying to do too much. I am trying to turn everything into a touchdown. That is something I will work out.

Ricky Ray fumbled twice yesterday one that turned into a Montreal field goal on the next drive and the other came on a third-down gamble in the second half on Montreals three-yard line.

I think we feel we can go out and do whatever we want (on offence), said Peterson. (Fumbling the ball) is one big way of shooting yourself in the foot.

QUICK HIT: Edmonton lost receiver Kelly Campbell on the first drive of the game yesterday with a rib injury.

Trying to catch the ball near midfield Campbell believes a Montreal defender smashed a helmet into his ribs.

While its unclear if the ribs are bruised or broken, Campbell was just sore after the game.

Considering he didnt take a single snap after the first series yesterday, Campbells status will be closely monitored this week before the team flies to Winnipeg for Fridays game.

EXTRA POINT: Classy move by Montreal head coach Marc Trestman to not run up the score in the second half.

Twice in the fourth quarter Trestman refused to try for a field goal on third down electing to run the ball.

In both cases, Montreal needed at least four yards and failed to get the first down.

(Respect) is the number one issue, said Trestman.

I am learning how to play the game and I want to do it the right way. I thought the best way to do it was to run the ball and use as much clock as we could.


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