Slumping Esk intends to return

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

Tristan Jackson vows to make a return.

But he likely won’t be running back many kicks or punts this week now that the Edmonton Eskimos brought in Jason Armstead to kickstart their return game.

“It’s understandable, you know, because I wasn’t getting the job done,” Jackson said.

After spending the first half of the season on the nine-game injured list with a sore shoulder, Jackson has had trouble finding his former form, currently sitting eighth out of the top return men from the eight teams in the league with just 564 combined return yards.

His sole return for a touchdown, which came in his 2010 debut, was negated by penalty.

“We’ve definitely been beat up, but it’s not an excuse,” said Jackson, who suffered a hip-pointer early in last week’s game. “Whenever I put the pads on I should be able to give 100% and do what I’m capable of doing. But the last six weeks I haven’t.

“I’m definitely going to get out of it, somehow, some way, somewhere.”

Whether that somewhere is Edmonton remains to be seen.

“I think he’s been frustrated,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “He’s taken some big hits and he’s not a very big person. Physically he’s beat down. His shoulder, his knee this time last year. A hip-pointer now.

“Those all play into what he’s not been able to do.”

But this isn’t the first funk Jackson’s had to climb out of.

“I’ve been down this road before in college, just not this long. I’ll figure something out,” said the Central Arkansas product. “My coach had put me on the bench. I just realized I had to come out and watch extra film, did a little extra after practice and I just came out. I was trying to do too much and then I started thinking about it once I made fumbles and stuff.

“Everybody goes through this at a point in their career. They say when an athlete’s doing great, everything’s good. When you’re down and out, it’s how you bounce back. I’m looking forward to bouncing back.”


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