Trevor Gaylor To Play With Esks in '07(article)

All is forgiven; Gaylor returns

Under the category of surprising news, Trevor Gaylor is coming to the Edmonton Eskimos’ training camp.

After a very rocky 2006 season - when he was benched twice and aired his frustrations with the media - the lanky receiver is apparently out of head coach Danny Maciocia’s doghouse.

“We can’t live in the past,” said Maciocia.

"Clearly we had our differences.

"Trevor is a competitor. He wants to play and I am trying to get Trevor to play to the level that I think he should be playing at.

"We had an opportunity to sit down during the off-season.

“He clearly re-committed himself to the Edmonton Eskimos and I think we’re going to see the Trevor Gaylor of 2005.”

That was his CFL rookie season when he had 929 receiving yards in 18 games.

But that form disappeared last year.

Labelled as an inconsistent receiver who could make tough catches, but would drop easy balls, he was benched after opening week in June.

He returned two months later, but was benched for the rest of the year in mid-September after playing just eight games.

That frustration led to a heated discussion at practice and this parting shot last fall: “It’s almost like a stab in the back,” said Gaylor.

"As a first-year guy I caught (for almost) 1,000 yards.

“And I thought I was going to have an opportunity to come back and become a star (in 2006).”

To this day, Gaylor doesn’t regret those comments.

Leaving the past behind him, the 29-year-old import is just looking forward to playing in the Esks’ new-look offence this summer.

“I think after all of the turmoil last year things were kind of ugly for everybody, and I took the ugly route out myself,” he said.

"I re-evaluated … it seems real promising for my future here.

“So I definitely would want to come back, and to be an Eskimo.”