Jyles going back where he started

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

EDMONTON - Steven Jyles is looking forward to his second stint with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Having started his CFL career in Edmonton, the newly acquired quarterback is hoping to make a bigger impact this time around.

“When I was there in Edmonton it was my first year in the CFL,” Jyles said. “I’ve had a chance to go around and learn the game and that’s basically what my journey through the CFL has been like so far.

“I kind of know what to expect as far as expectations for me as a player and a quarterback. I have some familiarity with the organization. This is huge, I get to come back to where I started, having a little more experience and being able to bring a little more to the table.”

On Monday, the Eskimos announced they had acquired Jyles, kicker Grant Shawn and the second-overall pick in the upcoming CFL draft from the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for quarterback Ricky Ray.

The trade came as a surprise to everyone involved.

“I didn’t have a clue that it was going to happen, but it’s a part of the game,” said Jyles. “That’s how I look at it. And it’s not like I’ve been traded to a bad situation. Edmonton is a great team, I’ve played there before and I’m looking forward to going back.”

A product of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Jyles was originally signed as a free agent by the Eskimos in 2006.

He spent two years with the club playing behind Ray and Stefan LeFors.

Jyles was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and has since gone on to play with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Argonauts.

He started eight games with Argonauts next season finishing the year with 1,430 yards with seven touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.

In Edmonton, Jyles is expected to compete for playing time with Kerry Joseph, Eric Ward and Matt Nichols.

“It’s hard to replace a guy like Ricky Ray,” Jyles said. “Ricky Ray is a future Hall of Famer. I used to tell guys for years that watching Ricky play was amazing. He’s a hard guy to replace. One thing I can do is promise that I will come in and work my hardest and do everything I can to keep things going and win ball games for the Eskimos.”

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