Doggett holds no grudges

GERRY MODDEJONGE

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- It's the type of determination that's kept Derrick Doggett going.

After being cut from training camp by the Edmonton Eskimos, the linebacker is finding his way with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but doesn't hold anything against his former club.

"It's been a great move for me and I've just been working hard trying to help the team win," said Doggett, who joined the Bombers on July 21 after getting a call from the club back home in San Diego.

"I started off playing special teams and I just went out there and made plays and got respect from my teammates" he said.

One month later, Doggett cracked the depth chart on defence against the B.C. Lions.

"That was exciting," said Doggett, who has since added six tackles and an interception to his 21 special-teams tackles so far this year. "For them to be able to start fitting me in on the defence it was great."

Missing the first month of the season, Doggett said he doesn't feel like he has to play catch-up.

"I missed some of the season but I still feel good," he said. "It feels great to be out here playing football still."

Doggett doesn't hold any grudges against the team that cut him and isn't looking to use today's game to show them what they missed out on.

"It's going to be fun, just go out there and play hard and try and help my team win," Doggett said. "I'm just thankful for them giving me a chance to start my career there and I'm just happy to be here now.

"I didn't know too much about (Winnipeg) but a few of my teammates were out here and I knew (head) coach (Mike) Kelly and (defensive backs) coach Rick Campbell from Edmonton so I was happy about it."


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