Double duty in the cards?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

It could be a case of double duty this season for Jason Johnson.

While he's fighting for the backup pivot position, he's also hoping to land another crucial job that's open with Jason Maas's departure: field-goal holder.

Although the position looks deceivingly simple from the stands, the holder can determine the outcome of a game in the blink of an eye.

One bad placement or one bobbled snap can mean the difference between a win or loss. In a hotly contested West Division, one win could be the difference in making the playoffs.

"(The holder) makes or breaks what a kicker can do," said Sean Fleming, the Eskimos' longtime kicker.

Johnson was the backup to Maas last year and has plenty of experience from previous teams.

"I (did it) all four years of high school and all four years of college. I am very comfortable doing it," said Johnson.

Import punter Rodney Williams and Khari Jones - who held for Troy Westwood and Lui Passaglia - are other candidates, but Johnson is the likely frontrunner.

"You have to have somebody who is good at getting the ball down, spinning the laces (away from the foot) and tilting it the way you like it - and doing it in time," said Fleming.

"The get off time that we have between snap and the (moment) I kick it is 1.3 seconds."

Needless to say, timing is everything - and Fleming is hoping it will take little time for him to gel with whoever wins Maas' old job.

"Every time I have had a new holder," said Fleming, "there has been a downturn in my field goal percentage (that year)."


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