Redemption song

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Edmonton Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia is hoping the Saskatchewan Roughriders spend plenty of time throwing to the wide side of the field tonight because he has two very important decisions to make.

While Keyuo Craver and Reggie Durden have locked up the defensive back positions on the one side of the field, veterans Malcolm Frank and Donald Brady haven't sewn up their jobs on the wide side.

In fact, CFL rookie Jonte Buhl will be competing against both veterans in tonight's final preseason game, hoping to steal one of their jobs.

"It's a big night," said Buhl, who'll share time at cornerback and halfback with the veterans. "I have to impress the coaches."

The 24-year-old import has definitely been impressive through camp, which shouldn't be a surprise, considering he cracked the Atlanta Falcons roster out of training camp last fall.

"We are very, very happy with Jonte," said Maciocia.

While the odds of Brady losing his halfback job are slim, Frank is in more danger at cornerback - and the oldest player on the training camp roster at 37 years of age knows it.

"Do you want a veteran for two games against Calgary (to start the regular season) or do you want a rookie? That is what it boils down (to for the coaches)," said Frank, who has played seven years in Edmonton.

Buhl would love to be part of the home-and-away series with the Stamps that starts next weekend. But he'll even take a practice roster spot if he doesn't out-perform Frank or Brady tonight.

The last thing the quiet Texas native wants is a repeat of last year's nightmare in Atlanta, when he officially made the team out of camp, but was cut the day after.

"It was very hard," remembered Buhl, who was set to earn a $230,000 US NFL salary.

"When I got cut, I didn't know how to handle it. I bawled - I cried."

Buhl has a chance for some form of redemption tonight.


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