Thin cuts of beef so far

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Danny Maciocia sounds like he's shopped at the deli counter before.

He sure knows the difference between thin and thick cuts. The Edmonton Eskimos head coach hasn't cut a lot of beef so far in training camp. And he doesn't intend to carve much off the roster until after Saturday's pre-season game in Saskatchewan.

But the Esks did make two minor moves yesterday. Neil Ternovatsky, the University of Alberta Golden Bears product, was released and will likely return to school as a fifth-year senior. Matt Miller, a late import addition on the offensive line, left camp and has been suspended.

"He didn't talk to me. He just walked out," said Maciocia. "If you don't want to be here, you're better off just leaving."

With tight competition in several areas, Maciocia expects to make only a handful of cuts over the rest of the week. The main battles are in the defensive secondary and both sides of the line, and they coincide with decisions to be made on special teams and the import ratio.

"We have to play a game in order to get some decisions done," added Maciocia. "If any (cuts) come, they'd be ones where playing in the game wouldn't matter. But there's a bunch of guys we need to see in Saskatchewan to see how they're going to perform."

Veteran linebacker Singor Mobley has been under the gun since Day 1 of training camp. But despite the talent giving him a run - namely second-year man Marcus Winn - Mobley is still the man to beat out for now.

"I feel I will be the starter when opening day comes," said the nine-year vet who made 75 tackles and had five sacks and three fumble recoveries last year.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? When he was the star running back and Canada West MVP at the University of Alberta, Jarred Winkel was dubbed "The Franchise."

But with the Eskimos, Winkel has lost that handle and picked up two others along with some compliments.

"The guys in the backfield call him Mini-Me, but I call him Barney Rubble," said Mookie Mitchell.

"He practises real hard. I like him because when he gets his hands on the ball, he takes off."


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