Goss back with Eskimos

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

His first game sitting out since joining the Edmonton Eskimos four years ago was also the teams first win this season.

Cornerback Jason Goss resumed his starting role at cornerback against the Toronto Argonauts last Friday after being benched the previous week in a 28-25 victory over the B.C. Lions.

Its definitely been tough, especially for the week I didnt play, said Goss, who was replaced by Roderick Williams and watched his first Eskimos game from the sidelines. Once I found out I was playing this past week, I pretty much felt like I was playing with a chip on my shoulder.

I needed to go out there and prove myself and make plays and let everybody know that this is where I belong on this team and on the field.

He responded with five tackles, a knockdown and an interception, while another would-be interception was negated by a penalty.

It was the biggest impact Goss has had on a game all season.

This is my first game missing in like four years, Goss said. So this is my first time ever missing a game (here). I dont know how it feels to sit out and watch a game. I was always involved in the games and it was kind of tough.

If it was a message from his coaches, Goss said it was received loud and clear.

It was definitely a message, he said. I made little minor mistakes and the thing is, for that week off, it let me look a the little minor mistakes I was making.

It wasnt big, it wasnt anything that cost us games but things that could have been improved. It has been improved, especially since that week being off and its one thing Ive been concentrating on lately.

Winning isnt far from his mind, either, after sitting out the teams one and only victory so far.

I want to win, regardless of whether Im in or out, he said. Since I wasnt in and we won, I was happy with that. Im happy we had a victory that week.

If its ugly or if its a blowout, a wins a win and I knew making plays would help this ball club win a game. Unfortunately, (last Friday) we didnt, it came down to two crucial calls towards the end that cost us the game, but I did everything possible to make plays and keep us in the game.

Goss is looking to keep improving following the rest, which he is treating more as a reset.

It opened my eyes, it brought fight in, but the thing is its not going to be just that week that my eyes are going to be open and that fight is going to be in me.

Its going to be from here on out for the rest of the season and Im going to make plays every week.

Watching the team play from the stands offered Goss another perspective.

Its like watching film, but being at the game watching film, he said. You get to see everything from a cats-eye view. Youre seeing everything. Its like almost being a student of the game again.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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