Jyles breaks the goose egg
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Eskimos quarterback Steven Jyles threw his first TD pass of the season on Friday (Reuters).
EDMONTON - It took 137-and-a-half minutes, but the Edmonton Eskimos finally got their first passing touchdown of the 2012 CFL season.
Steven Jyles found slotback Cary Koch for a 33-yard completion into the end zone 2:30 into the second quarter of Friday’s 42-10 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Jyles finished passing 15 of 27 attempts for 272 yards to go with a pair of interceptions and the long-awaited throwing score.
“Yeah, should have had more but we’re still building and continuing to get better,” said Jyles. “We always knew that we had a real good defence and special teams, we just had to add the offensive facet to the ball game and when you do that you win ball games by a big number.”
A fumble return on special teams by Clint Kent and a pick-six by linebacker T.J. Hill meant all three phases put the ball in the end zone in the first half, but it was Jyles’s pass that Eskimos fans were waiting for since he was traded for Ricky Ray back in December.
“I’ve said from the beginning, when we have a minimum amount of time with each other, you have to learn each other and gain that chemistry,” Jyles said. “Things were turning around from Week 1 to Week 2 and this week, we felt better. We will continue to grow as an offence and we will start making more and more big plays.”
But it took a big play from his receiver for the first tossing TD to happen.
“I just wanted him to put a nice little ball up there and he threw almost like a rising ball to me, so I had to go out and get it, but it was a touchdown so we got it done,” said Koch, who had his best game as an Eskimo with four catches for 89 yards and the touchdown. “Meshing up with Steven, that was good. Finally getting some good touches between he and I and trying to fill in for A.D. (Adarius Bowman) and everything like that.
“It wasn’t a good offensive show for us or the Riders last week. So, this week, coming out and putting up a bunch of points is exciting.”
The pass opened the door for the rest of the offence, with Kerry Joseph playing some backup minutes to got three-for-three in pass attempts for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
One was a four-yard pitch to Shamawd Chambers to give the rookie receiver his first CFL touchdown, but it wasn’t nearly as impressive as a 33-yarder down the sidelines that he needed two chances to secure on his way out of bounds.
“It was an important catch. We had a situation where we needed to get out of adverse field position,” Reed said. “He should have caught it on the first (try) but had good concentration, was able to stay in bounds and make the catch with his leg.”
It took an official replay to count it as a catch.
“It was actually just a read play and I read it correctly,” Chambers said. “(Jyles) threw it up and let me make a play and I made the play.
“For confidence, it’s really big. It’s very exciting to be able to be in this situation and help the team win.”