Bombers slotback takes aim at Internet

Blue Bombers slotback Terrence Edwards is contained by Roughriders defenders at Canad Inns Stadium...

Blue Bombers slotback Terrence Edwards is contained by Roughriders defenders at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Man., Sep. 12, 2010. (CHRIS PROCAYLO/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:55 AM ET

WINNIPEG - It sounded like it had been building up in Terrence Edwards for a while and needed to get out.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback is none too pleased about the criticism he’s been receiving lately on Internet message boards and in the media. He doesn’t actually see the questioning of his game, but his family does.

“My parents kind of read it and tell me,” a fired up Edwards said Wednesday after practice. “I don’t really get on it too much, but my parents … It’s more my family that calls and says something to me.

“It bothers players.”

Edwards is nursing a hamstring pull that has been bothering him for most of the season and has limited his practice time. He didn’t complete a full practice this week but will play on Friday when the Bombers (8-5) visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-6) in a critical East Division tilt.

Edwards has fumbled at critical times in the last two games, which bothers him to no end, but he still leads the Bombers with 858 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He would therefore love to know why some think he should take a seat.

“I’m sixth in receiving (in the CFL), I’m second in touchdowns, I’m second in yards per catch, and people still say stuff and my parents have to read it and brothers and all that,” Edwards said, obviously sporting a bee in his bonnet. “People at home are like, ‘What are you not doing?’

“People who care and understand inside the (Bomber) building know I’m doing everything that they ask me to do. People on the outside who only see what they want to see and sit behind a keyboard and write about it, don’t know.”

Edwards was just getting warmed up.

“I’ve been very happy with my season. That’s the only thing that bugs me, is those two fumbles that I had. If you ask the coaches, if you ask everybody else, this is one of my best seasons. Probably not statistically, but I graded out at over 90% every game besides two this year. If you grade out over 90%, that’s passing.

“I get people lined up during the game. I do all the things that a leader and a captain is supposed to. I’m not tooting my own horn, but I’ll give you one example.”

Edwards went on to say he was the one who corrected an alignment mistake just before Fred Reid ran for his 47-yard touchdown in Montreal on Sept. 18.

“If I didn’t have the wisdom and the knowledge to do that, Fred’s touchdown would have been called back,” Edwards said.

Head coach Paul LaPolice obviously wants Edwards to stop fumbling, but he has nothing but respect for the 32-year-old out of the University of Georgia.

“He’s one of our best, most steady players since I’ve been here,” LaPolice said. “So he’s just gotta play better.”


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