Thompson ready for old mates

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos top ball hawk is facing his former flock.

Defensive back Chris Thompson takes on his old teammates Sunday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the first time since being traded for wide receiver Maurice Mann in the off-season.

“It’s going to be an exciting game. I get to see some old friends and compete against those guys. I’m looking forward to it,” said Thompson, who played in Hamilton for two seasons after originally being traded by Edmonton in his rookie CFL season in 2007.

While games against former squads can bring about feelings of revenge in some players, Thompson holds no ill will towards the Tabbies, considering the trade for Mann involved two good players who have both benefited their new team.

“They had a need and Edmonton had a need and they pulled the trigger on it,” said Thompson, who leads with seven of the Eskimos’ 19 interceptions so far this year — matching the team total for interceptions on the season in 2009 — and there’s still one third of schedule left to go.

“Those interceptions are key, but I’d trade them all away for some wins.”

That being said, the turnovers Thompson has created definitely help that cause, especially considering the Eskimos sit at a league-worst minus-18 in giveaways/takeaways.

Coming off a week where he tipped a ball to teammate Rod Davis, who returned it for a touchdown, before coming up with an interception of his own, Thompson is looking to improve on his total against Hamilton.

“I’ve got some friends over there and we’ve been talking some trash over the last couple days,” said Thompson, who has stayed in contact with Ticats defensive end Justin Hickman, linebacker Jamall Johnson and defensive back Jykine Bradley, to name a few.

“It’s always competitive when you’re playing, but when you really know a guy it gets even more competitive, so that makes it even better.”

– Moddejonge


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