A hard man to miss

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

At six-foot-five, 320 pounds, Raleigh Roundtree is hard to miss.

Against the Toronto Argonauts on Monday, the import offensive lineman could be found up the field paving the way for running back Troy Davis. That, or at the bottom of some pile he had just helped push forward five yards.

"He was really good. Him and the rest of the offensive line were doing a great job of creating separation at the line of scrimmage," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "He's been awesome, since he's been here.

"He never comes across as someone who has played, I don't know how many games, in the NFL. He's clearly one of the guys, he fits in well. He's a guy that doesn't say much, he just comes to work and whatever you ask him to do, he'll do."

Roundtree, 31, was signed by the Eskimos as a free agent in May. The product of South Carolina State played seven seasons in the NFL before coming to Edmonton.

On Monday, he and the rest of the offensive line ran all over the Argonauts as Davis picked up a season-high 189 yards on the ground.

"It was just one of those games where things seem to be going well," said Roundtree. "The last few games we've been playing a little catch-up, so we haven't been able to run the ball as much. The last game we were able to stay pretty close, so we've go to do more things as an offensive line to run the ball as well as pass it."

On Saturday, the Eskimos hope to continue to pound the ball against the Argos. If they're going to do it with any success, they'll need a repeat performance from Roundtree and the rest of the line.

"Tree is a tremendous football player," said offensive lineman Tim Bakker. "Sometimes you get into that whole non-import, import thing. But he's just a great football player. He's intelligent, he knows the game. And to have him and Dan (Comiskey) beside me, I think we're going to have one of the best interior lines for years to come."


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