Itty-bitty's so nimble in a thimble

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

MONTREAL -- There are guys who can make people miss in a phone booth or a shoe box.

But acccording to Montreal Alouettes head coach Don Matthews, that hardly describes the elusiveness of diminutive return specialist Ezra Landry.

"Ezra can make you miss in a thimble," smiled Matthews yesterday.

"If he makes a guy miss, he's got the quickness and speed to make something happen. It's sort of fun to watch him play."

Montreal created a mini-furor by poaching the five-foot-four, 155-pound Landry off the Edmonton Eskimos' practice roster last July.

However, the move paid immediate dividends for the Larks.

Landry returned a missed field goal 110 yards in his CFL debut and averaged 10.9 yards on punt returns and 20.1 yards on kickoff returns.

To add a little salt to the wound, the New Orleans-born return man racked up 112 kickoff return yards when the Esks and Als clashed at Commonwealth Stadium last fall.

He also flattened Esks kicker Sean Fleming like a runaway train in that 39-19 loss.

"I did as much as I could but we didn't come out of there with a victory, it's a team sport and we left Edmonton with our heads down," offered Landry, who leads the CFL with 202 yards on kickoff returns and is averaging just under 10 yards per punt return this season.

Landry lives to return the ball and the thought of going the distance versus the Esks tonight could give him added job security.

"Every week I look forward to going out there and executing and performing," he beamed.

"I haven't got a touchdown yet but I've been having some good returns every week.

"I'm one of the only guys who just returns in this league and I'm taking up a roster spot. So, I've to go out every week and show why I'm the specialist."


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