Pivotal decision for Maciocia

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 2:06 PM ET

With four quarterbacks in camp, the Edmonton Eskimos are armed and dangerous.

Jason Maas would like to start. Ditto for Ricky Ray, Khari Jones and Jason Johnson.

Maas expects head coach Danny Maciocia to designate one of the four as his starter for the Esks' season opener June 24.

Having tested his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, the 29-year-old Maas figures he could play 60 minutes of football.

"I believe I can and I think I'm capable of doing that," said Maas, who was behind centre for roughly 30 plays before hooking himself from Thursday's 23-9 pre-season victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"Now, it's just up to Danny to decide that really. I obviously want to play but it's up to him. Whoever he anoints the starter is going to do great."

With the possibility Maas and/or Ray could be non-starters when the rubber meets the road at Commonwealth Stadium next week, Maciocia isn't about to make any rash decisions or statements when it comes to the quarterbacking situation.

"We'll see who is healthy and who's ready to go," Maciocia said.

"Along the way, we'll make a call. But this is not something that we're going to talk about on a daily basis."

Ray, meanwhile, was sporting a brace on his hyperextended right knee as he took imaginary snaps from centre and dropped back three steps before firing a pass.

"Coming out here today and running and then doing some drops, and waking up tomorrow and seeing if I can do it again is really going to give me a good feel for where I'm at," said Ray.

"At this point, it's hard to tell. This is the really first time I've gotten out and done drops. It feels good but I haven't done too many football-specific things."

According to Maciocia, Ray is on schedule as far as his rehab is concerned. When asked whether that schedule would allow him to start in the season opener, Ray was non-committal.

"There's no set plan, there's no, 'He's going to be ready next Friday,' " he said. "It's kind of a day-to-day thing. I think what he means by 'on schedule' is I haven't had any setbacks."

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