Trevor troubled by Esks

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia holds up a playbook during team practice at Clarke...

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia holds up a playbook during team practice at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton on Wednesday. (Edmonton Sun/Darryl Dyck)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

It appears Trevor Gaylor has been taken out of the Edmonton Eskimos' game plan - again.

For the second time this year, it seems the lanky receiver will be deleted from the active roster for Saturday's critical game in Regina.

And this time, the former NFLer is publicly wondering if he has a place with the Eskimo organization anymore.

"I feel like they don't want me to play here," he said yesterday afternoon.

"Throughout the entire season it has been up and down - and I never really felt like I was at ease with the coaching staff.

"I am real good with the locker-room and the rest of the receivers and the quarterbacks but myself and the coaching staff - I never felt really gelled, like we were trying to accomplish things together.

"As a result, I guess I am where I am now."

Not surprisingly, Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia denies the club no longer wants the Missouri product.

"Obviously he is wanted. If he weren't wanted he wouldn't be here," stated the coach.

Maciocia doesn't have to declare his 42-man roster until early Saturday evening, but Andrew Nowacki - who has been stapled to the sidelines for seven consecutive games - has been taking reps with the first-team offence all week, taking Gaylor's spot.

"I am not very happy about it," continued Gaylor.

"But at the same time, if that is what is best to get a win, then I am all for it."

The knock on the 28-year-old import is that he's inconsistent, making the tough catches in traffic, but letting other balls bounce off his hands when he's open.

Benched after the opening tilt of the year, Gaylor returned six games later, producing a couple of good efforts, including a 108-yard receiving game against Calgary on Labour Day.

But the latest demotion and the apparent activation of Nowacki - a non-import - is also likely tied to the fact the Eskimos can now get another American player on the roster.

BACKFIELD BATTLE: A three-day audition between three players - Keyuo Craver, Roosevelt Williams and Jonte Buhl - for two starting jobs in the Eskimo secondary will end after today's practice, with Maciocia deciding who gets the nod against the Roughriders.

A halfback position became available this week when Donald Brady returned to the United States to be with his ailing father.

The other spot originally belonged to Craver, who is now fighting to keep it.

If Williams gets the spot, he has a simple goal for the rest of the year.

"We have got five more games and to finish with three interceptions would be great," he stated.

FINISH LINES: Fullback Mathieu Bertrand will return to the active roster this weekend, forcing one non-import off... Although the Eskimos are about to play their most important regular-season game in seven years on Saturday night, regular radio-rights holder 630 CHED will not broadcast the game. Due to a pre-season Edmonton Oilers game at the same time, the Eskimos and Corus Radio have agreed to move the football tilt to sister station COOL 880. The pre-game show will start at 6:30 p.m., with kickoff at 8 p.m.


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