Big bro watching

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Terrence Edwards had his best game as a CFL pro on Thursday night in Edmonton, catching six passes for 104 yards.

Imagine what he'll do this Thursday night with even more on the line.

The 28-year-old slotback is looking forward to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers home opener on Thursday night against the Montreal Alouettes for a couple of reasons. First, the Alouettes cut him earlier this year. Second, he'll be going against his older brother, Robert, an Alouettes tailback, for the first time in a regular-season pro game (they met once before, in an NFL pre-season match).

In fact, playing against big brother has Edwards more fired up than meeting the team that gave up on him.

"I want to win," Terrence said yesterday. "I want to score more touchdowns than him. I want to do everything more than him.

"He's been an excellent role model. He's everything a big brother's supposed to be, but I want to beat him. Point blank, I want to beat him bad."

Robert Edwards missed Montreal's season-opening loss to Saskatchewan last Friday night, but he's been practising this week and is apparently ready to go.

Their father, Robert Edwards Jr., will be at Canad Inns Stadium to watch his boys go head-to-head, and a family dinner is on the agenda tomorrow night.

"I know (Robert) is going to make me pay for it since I'm at home, but I get him back in two weeks (when Winnipeg visits Montreal)," Edwards said with a chuckle.

Terrence Edwards has shown nothing so far to suggest he can't be a 1,000-yard receiver this season. He had a 78-yard touchdown catch and run in the pre-season, and his leaping, 30-yard grab on Winnipeg's game-tying, fourth-quarter drive in Edmonton last Thursday was a thing of beauty.

His numbers so far are impressive, especially considering he recorded only 33 catches for 393 yards and one touchdown in 13 games for Montreal last season. And his Edmonton performance couldn't have hurt his chances of remaining in a starting lineup that is deep at import receiver.

"It was big," Edwards said. "I think it put a boost of confidence in the coaching staff and my teammates and (quarterback) Kevin (Glenn). If a play breaks down or something, he has to have confidence in me that I'm going to make the play for him.

"I'm going to out there every game and try to make the play, and if I don't make it I hope he has the confidence to come to me again, because I'm going to keep attacking the ball and trying to make the play for this team."

'BIG GAME'

If those words aren't enough for Bomber fans to jump on the Terrence Edwards bandwagon, the fact that he's talking like someone who was with the Blue and Gold during the height of their feud with the Alouettes five years ago should be the capper.

"I can't sit here and say it's just another game, because it's not for me," he said. "It's my old team, my brother's there, my father's going to be here. It's a big game.

"More importantly, it's a big game for this team. It's a division game. We need this win to stay on top of the East, and it's Montreal. If you can't get up for this game, there's something wrong."


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