HAMILTON, Ont. — Terrence Edwards is smiling a lot more these days.
It’s 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. It’s 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.
“I’m just happy to be able to play this game again,” Edwards said, making it sound like he didn’t even play in 2009. “We don’t dwell on last year. Everybody knows what the situations were.
“I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be in an offence that allows us to put points on the board, and I’m happy to let everybody get involved in the offence. That’s what I’m happy about.”
Edwards, who had a career-high 191 yards against Hamilton in Week 1, isn’t 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 week’s loss to Toronto, hailing in seven passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
“If any team focuses on taking me out of the game, we’ve got other guys that are capable of putting up big numbers,” Edwards said. “It’s 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 I’m looking forward to Brock (Ralph) or Adarius (Bowman) or Cory Watson putting up another big game.
“It’s going to be somebody week in and week out that’s putting up a big game.”
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.
“(Bradley) is one of the best wide corners in the CFL,” Edwards said. “Not that I see him a whole lot, but he’s one of their better players and somebody that we look out for.”