Wednesday, September 21, 2016
EDWARDS' COMING OUT PARTY
Edwards notched 60 yards on six receptions against the Eskimos, however he found the endzone on a fourth quarter run.
"Obviously I've got a lot of stuff I've got to improve on," Edwards said on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Tuesday. "But considering I'm coming off injuries and this being just my second game, I thought I did pretty good."
The Greenwater, South Carolina product is a big part of the Riders' rebuilding plan and said Sunday's emotional victory was a huge step forward for his young team.
"Yes it was a great, exciting feeling," Edwards smiled. "We've been in this situation like four or five times this year where it came down to a touchdown, a field goal or the last possession and we've just been on the unlucky side of things. The hard work that we've put in week by week, to finally just get another win, it was a great feeling."
Some feel Edwards could be the top receiver on the Riders' roster, but many fans also wondered why it took until Week 12 for him to get on the field.
"I wouldn't go that far," Edwards laughed. "We got a lot of great receivers including Naaman Roosevelt. He was doing great until he got injured. But I've been injured this whole time, beginning in Florida when I sprained my MCL real bad. I still wasn't ready for training camp but I was fortunate these coaches kept me on. Once they felt I was healthy enough, that's when I got my opportunity."
The average NFL career is 2.5 years and Edwards spent five seasons in "The League". I asked him why he'd come to Canada, when he could easily call it a career and be proud of his accomplishments.
"Ya I can shut it down but for myself, I have high expectations and goals that I set for myself," Edwards said. "I don't consider my pro career as great as in college (as a quarterback). There's a lot of things I want to prove to myself - and everybody else - that I can play receiver.
"And I have two kids at home, and my son wasn't born yet to actually to get to see me play down in the States. I want to give him the opportunity to watch his Dad play football."
My SportsCage co-host Derek Meyers jumped on that statement, suggesting Edwards plans to be a Roughrider for many years to come.
"That's up to Coach Jones and the rest of the coaching staff," Edwards admitted.
The Roughriders are back at practice Wednesday morning at Mosaic Stadium. On Saturday night they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a 7:30 kickoff.