Take that report card home, Taylor

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Edmonton Eskimos rookie long-snapper Taylor Inglis got a passing grade for his efforts in the team's season opener.

Green and Gold special teams coach Malvin Hunter and head coach Danny Maciocia both liked what they saw on tape following Friday's 41-16 win over Ottawa.

"I thought he graded out pretty well for his first effort," said Hunter as the team returned to work and began preparations for Thursday's road tilt in Winnipeg. "He's a good ball player."

In addition to pushing the ball, Inglis saw limited action on the kickoff return team and is cutting his teeth in the punt return and kickoff team.

"We're not trying to overload him with jobs, but we also need him to be active," Hunter explained.

"With the small roster, he's going to have to play somewhere for us."

Fleming was 3-for-3 in the field goal department versus Ottawa, punted the ball nine times and averaged 32.1 net yards per kick.

"I think he had two bad snaps, but everything else was pretty good," said Fleming.

"There's no concerns on my part."

BETTER BY THE DAY: Esks starter Ricky Ray took a licking and kept on ticking in Friday's season opener.

The Renegades' defence sacked Ray twice and sent the 25-year-old pivot to the ground several times.

"I was pretty sore the day after and even (Sunday),'' said Ray yesterday.

"I think it had a little to do with missing a whole week of camp and not being out there.

"When you start taking some hits in a full 60-minute game, you're going to get pretty sore.

''Hopefully, this next week I won't be as sore after the game."

LATE HITS: Offensive lineman Kevin Lefsrud suffered a knee strain Friday and was fitted for a brace but did not practise with the team yesterday ... Running back Reggie White was back on the practice field yesterday and is slated to be added to the Esks' practice roster today. White was hampered by a knee injury during training camp, then cut loose the day before the Esks' final pre-season game. As a veteran, the Esks are obligated to pay White until he's recovered from the injury.


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