Edwards shows Bombers receivers how it's done
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
|Blue Bombers wide receiver Terrence Edwards catches a pass in front of Tiger-Cats defensive back Marcell Young during a pre-season game at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Man., June 20, 2012. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters)
WINNIPEG - Terrence Edwards is proudly carrying the torch.
And that torch continues to burn brightly for the elder statesman of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiving corps.
Edwards, in his eighth CFL season and sixth with the Bombers, has managed to remain productive and shows no signs of slowing down.
Sounds like someone who used to play for the Blue and Gold and wear No. 85.
If that’s not enough of a hint, he was recently enshrined into the CFL Hall of Fame.
“(Edwards) reminds me a lot of Milt (Stegall) and Milt was probably a model of his professionalism,” said Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice.
“I had two great years with Milt and I see the same guy. People say we get Terrence the ball a lot and that’s because we trust him and he doesn’t make many mistakes.
“Quarterbacks throw the ball to guys they trust and there’s obviously a big trust factor in Terrence doing it the right way and being in the right spot at the right time. I’m very fortunate to have him as part of our organization.”
Through two weeks, Edwards is second on the team to rookie Chris Matthews in catches (12) and receiving yards (167).
“It’s Terrence being Terrence, we want to get him involved in a little more stuff, but he’s the leader of this receiving corps and one of our offensive leaders,” said Bomber quarterback Buck Pierce.
“He draws a lot of attention, wherever he goes. Terrence, obviously, has been a good veteran in this league for a long time. He’s one of the hardest working professionals I’ve ever been around.
“He works hard, he’s running just like the rookies. He’s paid his dues and he easily could take days off but he goes as hard in practice as he does in games.”
Matthews was quick to note Edwards is a valuable resource as he makes the transition to the CFL game.
“It’s great. Terrence knows the game and I try to pick his brain every time I get the chance to,” said Matthews. “It’s pretty much 24/7 because I call him all the time. He’s a good asset on this team and I’m happy I get to play with him.”
Edwards has been pleased with his start, but not the bottom line.
“I’m happy. I’m playing well, grading out well and doing everything the coaching staff wants me to do,” said Edwards. “But I want more victories. I’m going to keep plugging at it and keep challenging my guys to get better each week.
“If you have a chance to make a play to help this team win, make the play. You can’t ask for anything else.”
Although he’s disappointed by the 0-2 start, Edwards has no trouble staying positive. He’s been around long enough to realize an 18-game schedule leaves time to get things turned around.
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and that was evident last year with how B.C. finished up,” said Edwards. “We want to get better each week, that’s the main thing. If we get better each week, the wins will come.”