Hughes embracing challenge to haul down 'toughest QB' Reilly

Edmonton's Mike Reilly #13 throws a pass under pressure from Hamilton's Brandon Boudreaux #91...

Edmonton's Mike Reilly #13 throws a pass under pressure from Hamilton's Brandon Boudreaux #91 during the first half of the Edmonton Eskimos' CFL football game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

Charleston Hughes called Mike Reilly the toughest quarterback in the league.

The Edmonton Eskimos pivot says he’ll take the compliment with a grain of salt.

“I’m sure he’ll test that,” Reilly said with a smile.

“Hughes is the one guy who will definitely test whether or not you want to keep getting up off the ground.”

Just ask Ricky Ray.

The Toronto Argonauts pivot was unable to play another snap after the big Stamps defensive end landed on him last week.

Reilly and Hughes worked a summer football camp in Kelowna together a few years back.

The Esks QB says he’ll keep an eye out for Hughes in Monday’s Labour Day Classic (3 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770).

“With Charleston, you have to know where he is on the field,” Reilly said. “It seems like ever since TSN left him out of the Top 50 (players), they woke up the bear.

“He’s an athletic guy who can play the speed rush-end, but he can drop back into zone coverage, as well.”


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