Reloaded Esks receivers still firing blanks

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:10 PM ET

EDMONTON - They might have had all their big guns back, but the Edmonton Eskimos still only managed to fire blanks against the Montreal Aloeuttes on Friday.

With all four starting import receivers healthy and back for the first time since they were 4-0, the Eskimos were held to under 300 yards of total offence in the 34-21 loss.

We just didnt capitalize on plays. Thats what it comes down to, we have to make plays, said Fred Stamps, who scored the offences only touchdown in the final seconds of the game on with a one-yard reception in the end zone. Thats what it was, too late.

Credit to Montreal, they have good clock management and took away the clock from us.

The touchdown was set up by a huge 74-yard reception by Adarius Bowman, who was stopped just short of the goal line.

It wasnt huge enough, man. Weve got to capitalize more earlier in the game, said Bowman, who finished with a game-high 132 yards on five receptions.

Other than that, the Eskimos airforce was all but grounded. Slotback Jason Barnes, who was the last piece of the injury puzzle to return last week, was kept off the scoreboard despite efforts to involve him early.

He came out to me early, but really he was just trying to hit the open man, said Barnes, who suffered a rib injury in a Week 7 loss to the same Alouettes squad. We just didnt take advantage of our opportunities. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot, couldnt get drives and couldnt get majors.

Ive just got to play my part and get better and see what we can do next week.

But the receivers are only one part of the loss.

Its a team game, everybodys responsible for it, said quarterback Ricky Ray. I made mistakes out there that hurt the team that Ive got to get better at.

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