Blue have faith in Jyles

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:07 AM ET

A day before his first start as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber, Steven Jyles was surrounded by a scrum of TV, radio and newspaper reporters.

The backup quarterback has been in that sort of limelight all week.

“As a quarterback, you’re going to get a little more attention and I’m in the spotlight now, so you have to accept it,” he said Friday. “I don’t like interviews too much but it’s part of the job … I’m a guy who likes to stay out of the camera and not get too much attention, and I like to be under the radar a little.”

Yet Jyles will get even more focus should he lead the Bombers to victory over the Edmonton Eskimos, the team that gave him his CFL start.

“I still know a lot of guys over there but right now, it’s just business,” Jyles said earlier this week. “I’m coming out trying to get the win, and we’ll shake hands and laugh and stuff after the game.”

Jyles backed up veteran Ricky Ray in Edmonton.

“He’s a good guy and has a very good arm,” Ray said. “He’s athletic and he can do some good things back there. So, for us, offensively, we’ve got to put up some points and put the pressure on him to score. Hopefully, we can go out there and get a lead.”

Before signing here as a free agent, Jyles played in Saskatchewan where he practised with current Bomber wide receiver Adarius Bowman.

“I feel like Steven deserves this, nothing against (injured QB) Buck (Pierce),” Bowman said. “I feel like we’ve got two starters, that’s how I look at both of them.

“I think Jyles will do a great job. I’ve got a lot of faith and a lot of confidence in him.”

QUICK HITS: Hamilton seemed to borrow from Edmonton’s offensive gameplan, throwing a lot of short, quick passes to keep the pressure off the quarterback and the Bombers had no answer for it last week.

“We have to be a little more pressure-oriented when we need to be and we’ve got to be tighter in our zone coverage and expand it as much as we can,” said Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice. “And when we get a chance to wrap people up, we’ve got to make sure we tackle people.”

Bomber middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn was kicking himself for the way he played against the Ticats and vowed to be a different player Saturday.

“I was disappointed in how I played,” he said. “We lost but I can’t dwell on that. I’ve got to move on to the next game so that’s in the past. We lost the game and I can’t do nothin’ about it. I can do something about this game against Edmonton.”

EXPLOSIVE: The Esks boast two of the most explosive slotbacks in the CFL to date, with Fred Stamps leading the league in receiving (24 catches for 399 yards) and Kelly Campbell in fourth (21 for 301).

Winnipeg defensive back Brandon Stewart expects to see a lot of both of them.

“They’ve both accounted for a lot of yards this season,” he said. “So, as a DB, when you think you’re going to get a lot of action in the attack, you’re happy. You take it as a challenge because you know that they’re going to be coming your way a couple of times.”


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