Stewart's chance to shine

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:32 PM ET

CALGARY -- When Quincy Stewart was with the New York Jets, he actually spent time working with the NFL's marketing department, helping on a project designed to better market the league.

Fast forward two years and Stewart is suddenly in a position to better market himself.

For the first time since coming to the Edmonton Eskimos last summer, Stewart will start a regular-season game.

The 28-year-old will be in the heart of the Esks' defence tonight at middle linebacker, replacing veteran A.J. Gass, who still isn't physically ready to play.

"I welcome the challenge," said Stewart.

Gass will soon return to his old position, meaning Stewart's window of opportunity to market himself and really impress the Eskimos or pique the interest of another team looking for starting linebacking help is narrow.

But for Stewart, he is very familiar with his main target - Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds.

"Me and Joffrey go a long way back. We went to rival high schools in Texas and fortunately we got him every time," said Stewart.

"I know he's been looking for a payback for a long time."


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