CALGARY, Alta. — Back in Alberta for the first time since his free-agent move to Toronto, Derel Walker went back to doing what he does best from the receiver position, but it was all in vain.
He had a season-high nine catches, 188 receiving yards and including two touchdowns — the kind of performance that normally translates into wins.
For the Argos, it added up to their fourth loss.
Walker has experienced the battle of the Alberta having played in Edmonton, but this week’s matchup against the host Stamps does not have the same appeal when the Eskimos came to town.
He admits it will be nice going back to Edmonton when the Argos play the host Eskies next week.
It has been difficult for Walker in his early days as an Argo, not being featured as much as many would have liked and then having a break-out game in a losing effort.
At the end of the day, all Walker can do is his job.
On paper, for what it’s worth, the Argos have nice pieces, including the likes of Walker and fellow receivers S.J. Green and Armanti Edwards.
Walker was asked about that elusive element preventing the Argos from finding their footing, but was at a loss for words.
“I don’t know, but we have go out there and get better. My job is to get better each week and that’s what I strive for and being a great teammate.”
There were flashes in Winnipeg, said Walker, but at the same time he knows how the Argos’ issues against the Blue Bombers were also self-imposed.
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