Wiltshire's a real pro

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Don't expect to hear any groaning, moaning or whining from Kelly Wiltshire any time soon.

Although the 10-year CFL veteran has lost his starting safety job with the Edmonton Eskimos to upstart rookie Jonte Buhl, he's still showing his upbeat attitude.

"When I signed up with the (Eskimos), I signed up to play football. I didn't sign up to play free safety," said the 34-year-old Quebec native. "And I've always said that."

Right now, Wiltshire's role has been reduced to special teams, as head coach Danny Maciocia obviously feels Buhl - who is just 24 but cracked the Atlanta Falcons out of training camp last year - is a better option in the secondary.

"I enjoy special teams. It is organized chaos," continued Wiltshire, who was the Eskimos' nominee as Outstanding Canadian last year.

"You still get to hit people ... and you think less than at free safety. That position is more cerebral. So, I will come to change. It is less taxing on the brain.

"(I'll do) anything to help the team.

"Whatever they ask me to do."

And that is exactly what Maciocia wants to do here.

"Kelly is a consummate professional - and went out there (last Thursday) and played his butt off," said Maciocia.

Although starting Buhl means the Esks are adding an extra import to the defence, they don't have to worry about the ratio rules because they are still starting enough Canadians.

MORNING MAGIC: Continuing a tradition that stretches more than 20 years, the Eskimos took nearly two hours yesterday morning to help mentally and physically challenged youngsters have fun on the rides at Capital Ex.

In total, 29 Eskimos volunteered for Monday Morning Magic on the Northlands grounds - and helping the children put life in perspective.

"Last week's game becomes irrelevant in a setting like (yesterday morning)," said receiver Ed Hervey.

"You realize you are just playing a mere game and we're very fortunate to play this game - win or lose.

"You see some of those kids and it touches your heart.

"They're walking around in good spirits and it makes you feel good as well."


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