Entertain us!

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Cedric the Entertainer is amusing.

Depending upon the colour jersey you wear, Cedric Scott is either a pleasure to watch or downright irritating.

With three quarterback sacks in his first three CFL games, Scott ranks No. 2 behind Rashad Jeanty in that department for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Not too shabby for a guy whose only connection to Canada prior to coming north this spring was being drafted by the same NFL club as Ottawa-born pivot Jesse Palmer.

"I'm just trying to contribute where I can," offered Scott, the New York Giants' fourth-round selection in 2001.

A defensive end by trade during his NFL career, the six-foot-five, 281-pound product of Southern Mississippi is lining up at defensive tackle these days.

Moving inside required some adjustment on Scott's part but he's now comfortable at tackle. Being double-teamed comes with the territory for Scott.

"I don't mind playing anywhere on the defensive line," said Scott, whose last NFL stop was the Cleveland Browns. "It doesn't matter to me as long as I get out there and try to make some plays.

"As far as the double team, you get double-teamed at defensive end. It's all about technique and the proper position. It's just a reaction thing when they're trying to double-team you."

GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI

Ironically, the bulk of Scott's rock-solid technique stems from his career as a track athlete in high school in his hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi.

"With the shot and discus, you've got to be explosive," he said. "You've got to come out with your legs. You've got to be like a sprinter coming out of the blocks, you've got to shoot off and just go get the quarterback."

Following the release of Albert Reese and Jabari Issa singing with the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, the Esks were short interior linemen.

Enter Scott, whose last known football address prior to signing with the Green and Gold was NFL Europe.

"He's been unbelievable," marvelled Esks rookie head coach Danny Maciocia. "He's a pain to deal with inside. You talk to other teams and they have a tendency to mention Jeanty and Joe Montford.

"When other teams start mentioning Scott on a regular basis, that means they're watching film and they know that he's tough to handle inside. We've definitely upgraded there."

Scott is one of the many individual success stories on the defensive side of the ball for the Esks.

Jeanty is tied for the league lead in sacks with four.

As a team, the Esks are allowing a league-best 191 yards average offence per game and lead the CFL in sacks with 14.

While it's only three games into the season, the defence by committee approach adopted by the team this off-season appears to be paying dividends.

"We've got a long ways to go and the thing is we've got to try and keep getting better and keep going from there," offered Rick Campbell, who despite the title of defensive assistant is the de facto defensive co-ordinator.

Edmonton's defence is also surrendering an average of 12.7 points per game, again tops in the nine-team loop.

DEFENCE BY COMMITTEE

Adopting the defence by committee approach meant Maciocia took a fair amount of heat over the winter.

Without saying, 'I told you so' Maciocia is pleased to point out the defence under the direction of Campbell, Dennis Winston, Dan Kepley and Malvin Hunter seems to be enjoying more than a modicum of success.

"Take a look at the numbers defensively and take a look at what we've done," said Maciocia.

"We held Montreal to one offensive touchdown and they had to get it on a pass interference call where the ball was spotted at the one-yard line."

LATE HITS: Cornerback Davis Sanchez and defensive tackle Clinton Wayne as well as running back Mike Bradley were spectators at yesterday's practice.


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