August 6, 2007
Eskimos roster will see changesA Weekly look at the Eskimos
By JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA
Changes, changes and more changes.
The Edmonton Eskimos will be juggling their roster this week after dropping a second straight game.
Some moves will be due to injury - but there could definitely be others because of poor performance.
Running back Tyler Ebell is now on the shelf with a left shoulder injury. Specifically, he has damaged an AC joint. The promising rookie has to be in a sling for 10 days before being re-evaluated.
"It could be a few weeks," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia on Ebell's absence.
"It is tough."
Especially after Ebell played very well Saturday in a 34-32 loss to Calgary, gaining 89 yards from scrimmage before hurting his shoulder on a tackle into the bench area.
Ron McClendon will assume the starting running back role for this Saturday's tilt against Hamilton at Commonwealth Stadium.
On defence, there could be several changes.
The biggest could be at linebacker, where Shannon Garrett might be forced to miss the next game because of a painful injury to the groin/below the belt area.
"It would be really difficult (to lose Garrett for a game) because he is probably the guy that has been the most consistent in the back end," continued Maciocia.
The coach is also promising changes in other areas of the defence to help stop the run. The Esks continue to struggle in that area, giving Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds an 8.1-yard average on Saturday.
Stampeder quarterback Henry Burris also gained 70 rushing yards.
The Esks have already brought in one new body this week, as defensive back Lenny Williams is now with the club.
He has a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys on his resume and also has the ability to be a returner.
Linebacker Kenny Onatolu clearly regrets being tossed from Saturday's game for his role in the battle royal near midfield with the Stamps.
The unofficial count had the rookie Eskimo taking at least two shots towards the heads of Calgary players.
"I saw a couple of our guys getting into it and I kind of re-acted," said Onatolu in a soft-spoken voice yesterday.
"I overreacted, obviously.
"In the heat of the moment I lost my cool.
"I was upset at myself (after the play). I knew I couldn't help the team."
Onatolu will be fined by the CFL for his role in the scrap.
FINISH LINES: Maciocia has already placed a call to the league office to discuss the fight. While he's remaining relatively quiet on his thoughts on the rulings on the field, he must surely want to know why the Stamps didn't lose a player or two from the melee.
BY THE NUMBERS
Eskimos haven't scored a single touchdown this year on the ground.
Number of receptions for Eskimo Fred Stamps on Saturday against Calgary. Stamps replaced an injured Jason Tucker.
Average yards gained per rush by Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds on Saturday.
Receiver Andrew Nowacki- No. 88 on the field - is the Eskimos' emergency field-goal kicker if Sean Fleming got hurt during a game. Fleming believes Nowacki could kick the ball 40 yards.
Rushing yards gained by quarterbacks against Edmonton in the last two games. Henry Burris had 70 while Kerry Joseph had 63.
THE HOT SEAT
Best defensive back ever faced:
Gaylor: "Charles Woodson - (Oakland) Raiders. My first NFL game. A combination of his size and speed. I'd never seen anything like that."
Peterson: "Juran Bolden. When he was in Winnipeg, I was in Calgary. Big, rangy and fast."
Your addiction is:
Gaylor: I am addicted to good times. That is my problem. I want to have too much fun."
Peterson: "Golf. But I still wouldn't pay for it."
Your fear is:
Gaylor: "My biggest fear is failure."
Peterson: "Can't think of anything."
Your game-day superstition is:
Gaylor: "I always put the cross on my wrist tape and between the four slots (on the tape) I use initials of who I dedicate the game to. I would put the letter of my mom, my dad and maybe to other loved ones."
Peterson: "I pretty much go with the flow."