HAMILTON, Ont. ó Terrence Edwards is smiling a lot more these days.
Itís no surprise considering the 2009 the Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver endured.
He had fewer than 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in three seasons. He battled a painful turf toe problem and sustained a concussion that forced him to miss some action. To add insult to injury, thieves broke into his Georgia home and made off with some of his college sports rings.
Life is much better for Edwards these days. Itís only two weeks into the season, and the 31-year-old already has more than a quarter of his 816 receiving yards from last season.
The Bomber offence has new life under quarterback Buck Pierce, and Edwards is one of the lucky benefactors.
ďIím just happy to be able to play this game again,Ē Edwards said, making it sound like he didnít even play in 2009. ďWe donít dwell on last year. Everybody knows what the situations were.
ďIím happy to be here, Iím happy to be in an offence that allows us to put points on the board, and Iím happy to let everybody get involved in the offence. Thatís what Iím happy about.Ē
Edwards, who had a career-high 191 yards against Hamilton in Week 1, isnít the only one having a blast. Rookie pass catcher Terence Jeffers-Harris, who leads the league with 112 yards after the catch, had a breakout game in last weekís loss to Toronto, hailing in seven passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
ďIf any team focuses on taking me out of the game, weíve got other guys that are capable of putting up big numbers,Ē Edwards said. ďItís going to be somebody every week that puts up that big game. It was my turn the first game, (Jeffers-Harris) the second game, and Iím looking forward to Brock (Ralph) or Adarius (Bowman) or Cory Watson putting up another big game.
ďItís going to be somebody week in and week out thatís putting up a big game.Ē
The Bomber receiving corps will catch a bit of a break on Friday night against the Ticats, as starting cornerback Jykine Bradley is out with a neck/head problem. Will Heyward, who had a special teams fumble return for a touchdown against the Bombers in the pre-season, will take his spot.
ď(Bradley) is one of the best wide corners in the CFL,Ē Edwards said. ďNot that I see him a whole lot, but heís one of their better players and somebody that we look out for.Ē