Tompkins must make an impact for Eskies

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

CALGARY -- The Edmonton Eskimos want to avoid another disappearing act.

In Edmonton's last tilt against the Calgary Stampeders, Tony Tompkins practically vanished.

Tompkins has established himself as one of the best returners in the CFL - with a league-high four TDs - but against the Stamps on Sept. 9 at Commonwealth Stadium, he wasn't a factor.

In fact, he finished the night with -10 yards on four punt returns.

Against a stingy Stampeder defence, field position from the special teams unit today will be vital for the Edmonton offence.

"They have a ton of linebackers on their punt team, which makes it tough," said Malvin Hunter, an Eskimo assistant coach who calls the special teams plays.

"It definitely creates a mismatch sometimes on special teams.

"So, our job is not going to be easy (today), but we've got a few things that we want to try and do to get after them and hopefully create some space (for Tompkins)."

But one area that doesn't need improvement this afternoon is the Esks cover team.

In the same game Tompkins struggled to find positive yards, Edmonton held Calgary's punt return team to -2 yards.

Brother Act: For the first time ever, the Comiskey brothers will meet on the same football field wearing different uniforms.

Dan Comiskey - the Eskimos outstanding left guard - will be across the field from his younger brother John, who is a backup offensive tackle for the Stamps.

"You never want your brother to fail, but you know there is a lot on the line and you want your team to win," said Dan, who's eight years older.

"Talk about two tough opposing teams to be on.

"We are on teams that hate each other."

FINISH LINES: The Eskimos have lost just one regular-season game in Calgary since the summer of 2000 ... Stamps runningback Joffrey Reynolds - the second-leading rusher in the CFL - has 18 carries for just 22 yards so far this season against Edmonton.


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