Esks have work yet: Reed

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

EDMONTON - Their start has been impressive, and considering how the team fared last season, very surprising.

Yet Edmonton Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed tried to put his team’s 4-0 start into perspective on Monday.

“We’re happy to be where we are, but there is a lot of work left to be done,” said Reed. “We’re happy with the start and we feel like we’re going to continue to play good football.”

A year ago, the Eskimos didn’t win their fourth game until September. Reed credits his players for the turnaround.

“The players are playing smart football,” he said. “They’re playing hard, they’re rising to the occasion when challenges come, they don’t back down from it and they’re well prepared.

“It’s a simple thing. Our players are doing a very good job.”

So far the job the Eskimos are doing is starting to earn the club respect around the league.

They’re the only team in the CFL yet to lose a game this season.

“You have to earn things in life and in football, and just because we’ve won a few games, doesn’t mean that’s where we want to be,” said quarterback Ricky Ray. “We still have to go out there and earn each team’s respect, we want to continue to improve and go out there and keep winning games.”

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It was what everyone wanted to talk about on the first day back at practice.

Every member of the media waited around the Eskimos dressing room for Fred Stamps to show up, in order to talk to the Eskimos receiver about his spectacular one-handed touchdown catch on Saturday.

“Ricky just put the ball where it needed to be,” Stamps said. “It was a perfect ball. Credit to the offensive line — they gave Ricky time to throw the ball.

“He put the ball where it needed it to be and I stuck my hand out and luckily I was able to come down with the ball.”

The 65-yard touchdown reception was one of the highlights of Week 4 in the CFL. It helped the Eskimos come away with a 24-19 win over the Calgary Stampeders.

However, Stamps doesn’t believe it was his best as an Eskimo.

“I still think in Calgary a couple of years ago I made a catch with a couple of seconds to go was the top,” he said.

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