Mind over matter for Lions receiver
Montreal Alouettes' Michael Carter (left) grabs on to B.C. Lions' Emmanuel Arceneaux during the first half of CFL action in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday September 15, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
When it comes to Emmanuel Arceneaux and his knees, it's not right or left. Instead, there's a "good one and a new one" — following off-season surgery to repair a damaged ACL and torn meniscus.
"I'm a different type of specimen," the B.C. Lions wide receiver said this week while eavesdropping teammate Shawn Gore chuckled at his modesty. "I figured out I wouldn't be out too long anyways, so my thing was how fast I can get back.
"They fixed it … and 80% of it is your mindset, it's the courage part. For me it's just a mental thing."
So maybe it's a good thing that the confident 26-year-old claims he "forgets" he even had the operation, and is just treating the Lions' three-day mini-camp as a preview to what he can do when the main training camp rolls around in June.
"For the month of May, what I need to work on is a couple more things to get that third gear of speed back when I'm pulling away from guys, but as of right now everything is feeling good," he said.
Last season, Arceneaux finished with 885 receiving yards and six touchdowns. But judging by the way he's pumping his own tires two months before the 2014 CFL regular season even begins, expect an even more motivated player this time around.
"I'm running in a gear can't nobody catch me," he said. "I'm trying to have a really big year this year."