Peterson's on the ball

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Kamau Peterson may finally have got the message.

Figure out a way to hang on to the ball!

For three straight games, Peterson fumbled the ball away after making a catch.

Against Calgary and Hamilton, the bad guys took advantage of the gifts to score touchdowns.

Against Montreal, Peterson's was one of five fumbles.

Yesterday, Peterson was walking around the locker- room with a football tucked under his arm.

"It's just a guy holding a football," said Peterson. "I'll be carrying it around all week. Basic mistakes usually require basic cures.

"It's something to reinforce in my mind and something I have to be conscious of."

Peterson managed to hang on to his sense of humour better than he's been able to hang onto the ball lately.

Like everybody in the room, he's aware the offence has been sputtering for the past three games.

When asked how he'd compare the V8-engine quality of the Eskimos' early-season performances to the last few outings, Peterson showed he's got a great future in improv comedy.

"V4? Do they make a V-4?" said Peterson.

"Maybe a moped. For what we can do and what we're capable of and what we feel like we should be doing every time, yeah, we're definitely a bicycle.

"At the same time, we can turn it on an off. We just need not to turn it off.

"At this point of the year, we have to find a way to establish some kind of consistency, game in and game out.

"I've been on some bad teams, but that one was definitely a bad show."

Apparently, head coach Danny Maciocia's spirited message of hang onto the ball got through to more than Peterson.

"I saw a few guys around here (Monday) walking around with a football in their hands," said Maciocia.

"That's pretty good. Maybe they're having breakfast with it. Maybe they're sleeping with it.

"Whatever they're doing with it, the ball has to be secured."

GIMME ANOTHER CHANCE

Adam Braidwood admits he had a setback last week, but insisted it was not physical.

"It was just a mental setback," said Braidwood, without elaborating.

What we do know for sure is Braidwood was perplexed at how quickly he was back on the nine-game injured list.

"I was off for one practice (Wednesday)," said Braidwood, who's trying to get back in the lineup after reinjuring the ACL that had off-season surgery.

"I had a couple of setbacks in training camp. They didn't think I needed surgery, so I waited a couple of weeks. It ended up I needed surgery.

"It's been a nightmare, really. I've done everything I can. It's up to me, 100%. The coaches saw what they saw. They weren't happy, and I don't blame them. I didn't have a good day. It's on me. I have to show them what I can do."

Under CFL rules, each team can bring back one player from the nine-game list if they're ready and Braidwood is hoping his season is not done.

"I still think I can contribute this year," said Braidwood. "I got pretty frustrated (Monday). I was talking to the coaches and telling them I hope nobody's counting me out."

All Braidwood wants is a chance to show what he can do.

"It's just a matter now of can I go out there and compete with the guys," said Braidwood. "It's desperation time. I need to play. I need to get out there, I want to get out there."

Meanwhile, the Esks brought in 309-pound import defensive lineman Eric Taylor, a recent cut from the Tennessee Titans camp.

THE INFIRMARY

Kelly Campbell remains questionable for Friday's game in Winnipeg.

Running back AJ Harris is definitely out.


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