New Esk faces

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

Brandon Guillory and Anthony Floyd can hardly be considered re-enforcements.

At least not until the Edmonton Eskimos see what they can do.

Yesterday the two newest Eskimos practised with the team for the first time, both having recently been cut by NFL clubs.

Guillory, 23, a defensive end, played four seasons at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he was a teammate of Eskimos third-string quarterback Steven Jyles.

He's a recent cut from the Kansas City Chiefs training camp.

"I know that when he was a Louisiana-Monroe he was a rush end and Kansas City tried to move him as an outside linebacker," said Eskimos head coach Danny Macioica. "But I think he was out of position and he didn't get an opportunity to show them what he was capable of doing."

Originally Guillory was given Dan Kepley's No. 42, but that changed to No. 41 once he had taken the practice field. The six-foot-four, 250-pounder will go back to his defensive end position with the Eskimos.

Guillory, a native of New Orleans who arrived in town on Thursday, recorded 132 tackles and 18 sacks in 44 games with Louisiana at Monroe. He set a school record for the number of tackles for a loss with 41.5 for -185-yards.

"I see that this team is really on a mission, they really care that they're losing," Guillory said. "I'm not up here trying to take anything, I'm just here to join the party."

Floyd, 25, a defensive back, was as the Houston Texans camp this year.

A product of Louisville, he spent two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before playing in NFL Europe.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Floyd is expected to be used as a linebacker by the Eskimos in the place of injured Steven Marsh.

"Right now I'm just eager to get out there and get accustomed to the style of play," Floyd said. "They told me this is a good style of play and it's an opportunity to play some football. I don't know a lot of details of how they scored or do some other different things, but I'm sure I'll learn about those in the next couple of days."

How the two newest Eskimos adjust to their surrounding will determine whether they'll be ready to play against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.

"We'll find out if they'll be ready to play," said Maciocia. "It's Day 1. They just got here, so we'll see."


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