Esks 'cautious' with Jyles
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Edmonton Eskimos slotback Fred Stamps looses the grip on a pass from Steven Jyles in the end zone during the first half on Friday night. (Andy Clark/Reuters)
EDMONTON - Steven Jyles was lucky No. seven-for-seven in pass completions to open Friday's 27-14 win over the B.C. Lions, but his luck ran out before the game clock.
The Edmonton Eskimos quarterback was replaced for the final quarter by Kerry Joseph following a helmet-on-helmet hit delivered by Lions linebacker Anton McKenzie.
"Yeah, he hit me in the helmet, but it was nothing," said Jyles, who completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 150 yards and had the Eskimos ahead 16-14 before Joseph was called in from the bullpen for the save. "But we just decided to be cautious about it and let me rest for the rest of the ball game."
For the second time this season, Eskimos field-goal kicker Grant Shaw was four-for-four, while running back Hugh Charles added the offence's lone touchdown, just like in the season-opening victory against the Toronto Argonauts — where the defence also gave up just 14 points.
But the Eskimos finally got their ground game going, as Charles earned his first 100-yard performance with 18 carries for 118 yards.
"I'm excited for our performance, offensively," Jyles said.
"We still have a lot of growing to do, but we can build off of this."