Jock Sanders putting forgetful games behind him

Questions surround who will return kicks against Edmonton
Reported by Joel Gasson
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It hasn't been easy to be Jock Sanders the last couple of week.

The Riders return man has had a rough go of it of late. In Calgary he fielded a punt that he probably shouldn't of, and wasn't able to get a good return out of it. After that quarterback Darian Durant was sacked twice, once in the end zone for a safety, then after the safety Ricky Schmitt kicked the ball out of bounds. The rest as they say is history.

Then last week at home against Montreal Sanders had another day to forget as he fumbled the ball twice, and didn't finish the game as the kick returner because of it. Luckily for Sanders the defense was able to hold the Als to a field goal both times.

"You want to get back out there as soon as possible after something like that that," said Sanders when asked about his confidence. "But at the end of the day, that's what practice is for."

Sanders does take some solace in the fact that the fumbles were basically his fault as he wiffed on the first one, and the other hit his knee and popped out.

That being said, there could be a change when it comes to the kick-returning position this week. Head coach Corey Chamblin hasn't really tipped his hat on if there will be a change or not, and watching practice hasn't really determined anything for sure as a number of different players have been back there throughout the week, as is normally the case.

"Stay focused on what you can control," said Sanders. "I can't control who (Chamblin) puts back there."

Sanders adds that if someone else is returning kicks this week he knows it's not personal, and it's just a move the coaching staff felt they had to make.

"You just gotta suck it up," said Sanders.

Throughout all of this, Sanders feels his confidence is still high, and he knows he can still play the position well.

Chamblin feels that Sanders has been making progress since as well.

"None of us want to mess up, but no matter who we are we have some losses, and we had to clean those up," said Chamblin. "Jock knows what he's done, and I think he's taken some strides to clean it up."

Someone who very likely won't be returning kicks in Edmonton will be Matt Brown. Brown came up lame on Wednesday after a drill on the scout team and wasn't a practice on Wednesday.

Other names in the mix include Weston Dressler, Weldon Brown and Kierre Johnson. However, Johnson would have to come off the nine-game injured list first.