Kicked out of town

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

Anthony Posteraro made a couple of mistakes when he showed up in town 12 days ago.

Faux pas No. 1 was wearing lime-green Day-Glo cleats the first two days of rookie camp.

No. 2 was informing the local media he was the new sheriff in these parts, and veteran Edmonton Eskimos kicker Sean Fleming's days with the team were clearly numbered.

"He said some things that somebody who may be savvy in dealing with the media wouldn't say," said Fleming, a 13-year CFL veteran.

If you're going to talk the talk, you're going to have to walk the walk.

Turns out the left-footed Posteraro was a better talker than walker because Fleming is still in camp and Posteraro was the guy told to clear out his locker.

After six full days in main camp, the 21-year-old wasn't getting it done for head coach Danny Maciocia. Posteraro's punting was average and his abilities in the field goal department were suspect.

PAINFULLY OBVIOUS

When it became painfully obvious that wasn't going to change, Maciocia had to tell the Esks second pick in April's Canadian college draft, Posteraro la vista, baby.

"The guy struggled," Maciocia said yesterday. "You don't look at it as losing a draft pick. At this point in his career he wasn't able to do it. That's a credit to a guy like Sean Fleming, who came in here and has been pretty good since we opened camp."

Although Posteraro was intent on taking Fleming's job, the veteran hoofer was dismayed by his rival's attitude and overall performance.

"It seemed like he just didn't want to be here," Fleming offered. "I had higher expectations out of him and I say that in a very positive way.

"I had higher expectations and I think the coaching staff did, too. I don't know what happened but I don't think he lived up to the billing he put out there or what the coaches said."

With Posteraro gone, Fleming and import Chris Brewer are the only kickers in camp. Unlike Posteraro, Brewer has significantly more leg strength and a genuine desire to hone his craft under Fleming.

"I came here with the intention of being behind the best kicker and punter to come through the CFL in quite some time," said the six-foot, 215-pound Brewer, who hails from Greenville, South Carolina.

"I wanted to come in and try to take the position. Once I got up here and realized just how good he was, I realized the opportunity that was there."

LOW-KEY KINDA GUY

A low-key kinda guy, Brewer didn't show up at camp wearing Day-Glo shoes.

"Chris has got a very strong leg," Fleming said of Brewer. "He's young. I've tried to give him pointers but not overwhelm him.

"I like Chris. He's eager to learn and asks questions. I certainly enjoy being around him, so I'm willing to help him out."

Naturally, Brewer would still like to unseat Fleming. After coming to grips with the notion that isn't likely to happen, Brewer would be content to bide his time on the Esks' practice roster.

"I had the intention of coming up here and playing football for this semester of my life and heading back in December and finishing up," Brewer said.

"I've still got 12 hours left in college, so there's one semester left for me there. I have this six months set aside to come up here and play football. I don't want to go do anything else other than that."

Despite the veteran's willingness to act as Brewer's tutor when it comes to the finer points of the kicking game, the young import has one rather significant hurdle to overcome.

"I'm still in the process of trying to get used to the new football and get used to the guys (on the field goal unit)," Brewer said.


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