Boyd turns page with win over Argos

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 AM ET

TORONTO - You'd be hard-pressed to find a happier player in the Edmonton Eskimos locker-room on Monday night than Cory Boyd.

Two weeks after his sudden release by the Toronto Argonauts and subsequent relocation to Edmonton, the high-profile running back -- who had been leading the league in rushing yards at the time -- was back home celebrating a 26-17 victory over his former team at Rogers Centre.

"It feels amazing for two reasons," said Boyd, who spent the past two-and-a-half seasons wearing Double Blue.

"One: Most importantly, we got the 'W'. Two: It's over with. I don't have to hear anything about Toronto.

"I'm just happy that this whole fiasco of whatever it was for the past two-and-a-half weeks is over and done with and I can move forward with my life."

While he wasn't always moving forward on Monday night, getting stuffed on a second-and-two and being held up at the goal-line on a three-yard rush, Boyd ended up with a 5.0 average on nine carries for 45 yards, along with a pair of catches for 30 yards.

It was the first real look Eskimos coaches got of Boyd in their offence after the running game became all but invisible in last week's loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

On Monday, he split duties with starting running back Hugh Charles, who carried 15 times for 67 yards (4.5 yard average) and had two catches for 15 yards.

"One thing I want people to stop saying is, 'How many touches am I going to get?' " Boyd said.

"It doesn't matter how many touches I get. When I'm out on that field, I just love the fact that I'm playing this game.

"Just me being there brings a threat to some teams because as soon as I come in they think I'm getting the ball, so it changes the mindset of defences."

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