WINNIPEG - Joey Elliott appreciates the compliment thrown his way by B.C. Lions head coach Mike Benevides.
However, that doesn’t mean the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback was going to be swept away by the hype surrounding a comment that suggested last week’s 406-yard performance was right up there with another vintage showing from a future Hall of Famer who still toils for the Montreal Alouettes.
“That’s a nice statement, but when you’re comparing myself to Anthony Calvillo I’m peanuts for what he’s done in football,” Elliott said during his press conference on Thursday morning. “But it’s a compliment. He’s watched a lot of film on me. I’ll take it as a compliment, but comparing me to the other guys in the league? No shot.”
But isn’t that the company Elliott would like to keep down the road?
“One day,” said Elliott. “He’s put in his time. Trust me.”
Elliott will make his second start of the season (and fourth of his CFL career) on Friday night against the defending Grey Cup champions.
Naturally, Elliott was asked if he looked at this recent development as an opportunity to stake his claim on the starting job, even when Buck Pierce returns to full health (which shouldn’t be long).
“It’s a funny question, because everybody wants to know what we’re going to say,” said Elliott. “My answer is still the exact same as if it was training camp. Buck’s our guy, and all the quarterbacks just want to get an opportunity. When we get our number called we just want to go out and execute the offence as best as possible.”
When he met with the media at Canad Inns Stadium Thursday, Benevides was still in a complimentary mood.
“Joey’s got — what do they call it — moxie, or something like that,” said Benevides. “He’s a guy that will push the ball down the field. I watched all of the games that he’s started because that’s his body of work, he’s got a nice vertical ball and a nice touch. And really, he’s got a tremendous sense of confidence. The other thing that showed up in some of his games (in 2010) is that he’s got decent feet and he can make things happen with his feet.
“He’s been waiting his turn and now he’s going to make good on it.”