The pre-season in the CFL has come to an end, and it has been an interesting one for the Edmonton Eskimos. They’re coming into the season after a 9-9 record and a first round playoff loss to their rivals down in Calgary.
So far this pre-season the Edmonton has gone 1-1 with a win yesterday in B.C. (36-32) and a home loss to the Stamps (23-21). On Sunday the Esks took a 24-10 lead into halftime, but came back to take the lead in the 4th quarter. With only 4 seconds in the game and facing a 3 point deficit, Jason Moss threw a ball to a wide-open Skylar Green to take the game. The bad thing though, was that Middle Linebacker Maurice Lloyd was taken off the field because of a knee injury and did not return.
The biggest story of camp has been the receiving core but not in a bad way. At slotback, newly acquired Andre Talbot and returning player Kamau Peterson have been battling for a sport on the staring roster. The same can be said for young Jason Barnes and Kelly Campbell. Campbell left the team last year after a great season with the Esks to pursue a career in the NFL, but was unsuccessful. It will be interesting either way which players will be around when they open their season on July 4th against the Lions.
At quarterback, its was clear that the job belonged to Ricky Ray. In his limited pre-season action, he went 17-20 and threw for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has had good chemistry with the new OC Kevin Strasser who is looking to bring in a different element to a once predictable Eskimo offence.
A full season preview will be on its way.
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Written by Mike Wilson