Esks not impressed

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are doing their best to pretend that a Toronto Argonauts offence with both Ricky Williams and John Avery in the backfield won't present a problem for tomorrow's match-up at the Rogers Centre.

But Argos offensive line captain Chad Folk doesn't believe them for a second.

In an interview with an Edmonton newspaper yesterday, Eskimo linebacker A.J. Gass said that his team won't be doing anything special to prepare for a twin-back attack from the Argos.

"We're going to go out and approach it like we do every game -- stop the run, make them one-dimensional and hopefully we can give (Argos quarterback) Damon Allen a few looks to confuse him," Gass said.

Gass said despite the new look offence, his team will be keying on the whole offensive package, and not just the two running backs.

"Offensively they're loaded," Gass said.

"But it doesn't matter who they line up, we're really playing against a scheme rather than the players."

Folk, however, said no matter what Gass has to say he knows that the Eskimos have been preparing all week to face the Argo running game.

"I would expect them to come with a couple of different looks," Folk said yesterday at the Argos' University of Toronto Erindale campus practice facility.

"They have a very good defensive front seven and they are going to try to do what they do best, and that is to try to stop the run and put pressure on the quarterback."

Folk said the offensive line finally is all in good health and he looks forward to digging deep to keep the Eskimos from any success at getting to Allen or either of the two backs.

"It's great to have a healthy starting lineup," he said.

"You need continuity on the offensive line where everybody can be on the same page."

Edmonton also has been hit with the injury bug on defence, with cornerbacks Roosevelt Williams nursing a torn rotator cuff and Malcolm Frank a shoulder injury.

According to Eskimo coach Danny Maciocia, however, both are expected to play tomorrow.

Maciocia said his team likely will key more on Williams than Avery.

"Whenever (Williams) gets his pads square to the line of scrimmage, he has that low pad level and he's dangerous," he said. "We have to find a way to create havoc in the backfield."

Avery, who did only light practice on Friday to rest a sore ankle, went full out yesterday with no apparent ill-effects.


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