Bombers' Edwards frustrated by drops

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are 3-1, so you'd think slotback Terrence Edwards, who has endured several losing seasons in Blue and Gold, would be downright giddy.

He's not.

Even though he had a 63-yard touchdown catch and another spectacular sideline grab during Saturday's 33-24 road win over Toronto, Edwards was lamenting his three drops.

"I don't know what it is," Edwards said. "Lack of focus? Lack of everything? It's just one of those things. We're 3-1, but it's bittersweet for me because ... if we had lost that game I don't know what it would have been like for me."

One ball that went through Edwards actually bounced right into the waiting hands of fellow receiver Cory Watson. Edwards failed to make what would have been a tough grab in the end zone, and he flubbed another pass from quarterback Buck Pierce in the flat.

"But we won and guys made enough plays to win," Edwards said. "I appreciate having 11 other guys out there making plays, but I have to play better. I have to make the plays when the opportunity is there. I'm not making them."

At one point during Saturday's contest, head coach Paul LaPolice went over to Edwards and asked him how many catches he made at the University of Georgia.

"A lot," Edwards said.

LaPolice then asked him how many catches he has in his CFL career.

"A lot," he said.

So LaPolice told him to go out and just catch the ball. Based on his second-half performance, the pep talk worked.

BOUNCING BACK: Sophomore slotback Terence Jeffers-Harris made up for his slow start to the season with five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns against the Argos.

"He blocked better, he made a nice catch in the end zone, and that catch-and-run was very good, too," LaPolice said. "He played a better game. He's gotta continue to do that for us to be successful."

BANGED UP: Middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn was having his ankle examined on Sunday, and his status for Thursday's home against B.C. will be better known on Monday.

Lobendahn left Saturday's game in the first half and was replaced by Pierre-Luc Labbe, who had three tackles.

If Lobendahn can't play Thursday, there's a chance Marcellus Bowman would move to the middle and Merrill Johnson would take over for Bowman at weak-side linebacker.

LATE HITS: The Bombers have outscored their opponents 32-10 in the third quarter this season " Winnipeg's 483 yards of net offence on Saturday was its most since putting up 508 in a loss to Hamilton last Aug. 7 " The Bombers have sold more than 24,000 tickets for Thursday's game against the Lions, who are 0-4.

-- With files from QMI Agency

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