No quick decisions on crowded backfield

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

When Troy Davis arrives in Edmonton today, it's only a matter of time before he becomes the starting tailback in the Eskimo backfield.

Head coach Danny Maciocia has publicly stated Davis might not be the feature rusher on Monday in Toronto because he could need more time to learn the playbook - but it won't be long before the CFL's 2004 leading rusher is the main rock carrier with the Eskimos.

It all means Ron McClendon is about to lose his spot on the current starting roster.

But he's not crying or moaning.

"The ultimate goal for everybody - including myself - is to win a Grey Cup," said McClendon.

"Troy is a great veteran.

"You don't have a choice but to feel good about (yesterday's trade) because you want to win."

The Eskimos have the lowest-ranked rushing attack in the league and McClendon has carried the ball in nine of the team's 14 games for just 346 yards.

However, he's only averaging seven carries a game.

Davis, on the other hand, was averaging 14 carries a game with Hamilton before being traded yesterday.

The two backs have similar averages: Davis at 4.5 yards per rush and McClendon at 5.3 yards.

But the difference is Davis is a proven commodity; a five-year CFL veteran with a sparkling resume, while McClendon is a rookie.

"I just see it as having a veteran to learn from," said McClendon.

Along with Dahrran Diedrick and Mike Jenkins, the Esks have four running backs in the locker-room.

When asked about Jenkins's future, Maciocia replied: "Right now everybody is sticking around - and we are going to make some decisions in the next couple of days."


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