Walls returns home

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

WINNIPEG –- As the Eskimos search for their first victory of the season, Lenny Walls could help make it happen against his former team.

The Eskimos defensive back, who was signed in the off-season after being a surprise release by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, marks his first return to Canad Inns Stadium since playing all his home games there in 2009.

“A nice trip to the ’Peg, it will be fun,” said Walls, who began his CFL career in Calgary in 2007 before playing all 18 games for the Bombers last year. “We need a ‘W’, so it would be good to get it there.”

Joining the Eskimos was supposed to be an upgrade for Walls.

“I didn’t expect to be 0-3, I tell you that, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if it was them (the Bombers) or any other team, I mean, we’ve got to get a ‘W’, ” he said. “It’s a little more special for me because I get to go play against my old teammates.

“Especially in the back end, the secondary and the defensive guys, we had a tight-knit (crew). The offensive guys, too. They got criticized a lot for not performing well last season, but one thing I can say is that would be a good locker-room to be in.”

Even with the outspoken Mike Kelly at the helm before getting ousted in the off-season.

“Coach Kelly was a good guy to me,” Walls said. “He was cool with me, I had no problems with him. We underachieved as a team once we got out on the field.

“I didn’t think we performed up to our potential last season, but I had fun and got lots of memories.”

It’s a similar situation to what he’s seen so far in Edmonton.

“I actually think this team is underachieving a lot more than the team we had last year because I think this team has a chance to win it all ... I mean, seriously,” Walls said.

“At all positions, we’ve got guys that can get it done.

“We’re not finishing in the fourth quarter, but that’s something that we plan on fixing.”

Last year in Winnipeg, Walls lived in the same building with Bombers cornerback Jovon Johnson and former safety Jonathan Hefney, who has since been signed by the Detroit Lions. But they weren’t exactly roommates.

“I don’t live with anybody but myself. I’m a grown man, I don’t do roommates,” said Walls, who is now living with his wife, Yvonne, in Edmonton. “We just got married this year, man. We’re newly weds. I need her around, honestly I do.”

NOT NOW, KAMAU: Eskimos slotback Kamau Peterson was placed on the nine-game roster due to what the team called, “a slight Achilles tear.”

The injury is said to be a hold-over from last season and the 31-year-old did not participate in practices this week. The earliest Peterson could return to action is Week 14 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


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