Kellett admits he's seeing double

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

For a guy who supposedly had a clean bill of health when the Alouettes traded him here in April, Matt Kellett still sees two balls every time he prepares to kick.

"My eyes can't keep up when I'm focusing," Kellett, who first started having vision problems last season, said yesterday. "I line up everything fine, but when I go to the ball there's a little double-vision. It goes blurry on me. It's just something I have to fight through."

Kellett wasn't using his eyesight as an excuse for missing field-goal tries of 44 and 32 yards against the Eskimos in last week's season opener, however.

"I didn't kick well ... I was like a rookie coming out of high school," said Kellett, a six-year veteran. "I have to change that. I have to instil some confidence in the team, so they know if a drive comes up short I can get us some points. I let them down Friday, and I don't plan on doing it again.

"Obviously, I'm not 100%, but if I can cross the white stripe, I've got to be able to give it my best. Things didn't go right for a lot of us (in Edmonton), including myself. But it's Game 1. I've bounced back from much worse than this. I've told the coaches I plan to be perfect this week in practice and go from there. I don't know if it's the new surroundings or what, but I haven't gotten into the swing of things here yet. I have to refocus this week and play the way I know how to play.

"I've been down in the dump and feeling a little sorry for myself," added Kellett, who is rumoured to have told friends he was upset about being traded to Ottawa. "I have to turn things around and show this team it can rely on me."

SIDELINES: WR/KR Jason Armstead was playing hurt when he scored a couple of spectacular TDs against the Eskimos last week. Armstead said he suffered a sprained MCL in his knee when he was tackled and fumbled on the first punt he fielded. "It's a reoccurring thing from last year," Armstead, who now has four TDs in three games, counting a pair of pre-season matches against Montreal. Armstead, who won't miss this week's game against the Als, said his punt return of 87 yards and 54-yard TD reception were no consolation in Edmonton. "The individual stuff is pretty much something I knew I could do," he said. "But we didn't come out with a win. I wanted to start with a W." ... Judging by the ice pack he wore while watching practice, SB David Azzi (hamstring) won't play Friday ... SB Darryl Ray (hamstring) practised and could suit up ... Coach Joe Paopao, on the fact almost 6,000 season tickets were sold during Saturday's one-day blitz: "It just goes to show you there's a lot of fans here. It's affordability. Now it's our job to entertain them." ... LB Syniker Taylor, who reported to training camp out of shape and had been on the suspended list, practised with the team. Ottawa has a 10-day window to decide if it wants to keep Taylor.


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