Diedrick wanted man

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

It didn't take long for Dahrran Diedrick's phone to start ringing off the hook.

After being cut by the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday, the non-import running back is being pursued by the Calgary Stampeders, B.C. Lions and Montreal Alouettes.

"I bring a lot to the table," he said yesterday while jockeying two ringing phones in his Edmonton home.

"And (the interest) makes me feel better because I was pretty down (on Monday)."

Although he has the physical ability to likely be a good running back or kick returner in the league, Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia sent him packing primarily because he wasn't mentally prepared to play to the level the Esks wanted.

Diedrick dressed for the first three games of the year, but didn't see the field for a single play.

While the B.C. Lions have five running backs in camp, the Stampeders have just two in their locker-room.

But all three teams are likely interested in using him on special teams.

He had almost a 20-yard average on kickoff returns last year with the Esks before being stripped of that duty this year.

Ironically, if he signs with Montreal, he could be activated to play against the Esks at Commonwealth Stadium next week.

His knowledge of the Edmonton playbook could also be an immediate benefit to the Als.

ROSTER SHUFFLING: As expected, special teams player Antico Dalton has been moved to the Eskimos' 46-man roster for tomorrow's home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and will likely be activated to the 42-man playing roster, taking the spot of departed Sherrod Coates.

In a somewhat unexpected move, Roosevelt Williams has been added to the 46-man roster.

To make room for the defensive back, receiver Trevor Gaylor has been stashed on injured reserve.

Maciocia has now confirmed that A. J. Gass will not play while Mookie Mitchell remains doubtful.

LATE HIT: The Eskimos are hoping the offensive engine will be in high gear for the entire game tomorrow instead of the usual trend of firing on all cylinders to start but then sputtering to a stall for most of the first half.

The Green and Gold have scored on the opening drive in each of their last two games, but then faltered.

"There is something taking place between that opening drive and midway through the second quarter - even (into) the second half," said Maciocia.

"I have addressed it with the offensive unit.

"And I think we are going to be able to have that resolved."


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