Maas gets chance

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

CALGARY -- It took 17 games and three quarters of the final tilt of the regular season, but Jason Maas finally took a snap as the Eskimo quarterback.

With the Esks down 43-16 to the Stampeders in the fourth quarter yesterday, head coach Danny Maciocia pulled undisputed starter Ricky Ray to give Maas some playing time.

"All along we wanted to get (Maas) in a game," said Maciocia.

"It was an opportunity for him to face live bullets because he hasn't."

Last year's starter, Maas threw for more than 5,000 yards in 2004, but has been relegated to backup duty this year with Ray calling the shots.

In his brief stint yesterday, Maas showed absolutely no signs of rust as he was a perfect three-for-three for 75 yards, including a 37-yard TD to Jason Tucker.

But the consummate team player, Maas didn't care about his performance.

"It doesn't mean anything to me," he said.

"I could care less what happened out there as far as me.

"It's about more of what we did as a team.

"We need to play better next week."


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