Jyles gets his shot Saturday

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Steven Jyles broke every passing record at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

On Saturday, the Edmonton Eskimos rookie quarterback will get a chance to show what he can do at the CFL level.

With playoff aspirations gone and two games left in the season, Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia plans on playing Jyles against the Montreal Alouettes.

How much he'll play has yet to be determined.

"We're going to see Steven Jyles play," Maciocia said yesterday. "I think I know enough about Jason Johnson. I have an inkling about Steven Jyles.

"I would like to see him play some this weekend, yet I still want to see Ricky (Ray) play and I still would like to see us do well."

There will likely be several regulars not playing in favour of less-experienced players. However, with the Als still battling for first place in the East, the Esks want to be competitive.

UNCHARTED WATERS

"I'm still trying to combine all those things. This is uncharted waters for me, it's the first time I've had to deal with something like this," said Maciocia.

"Having said that, it's important to try and find out certain things. We're going to play Steven Jyles some and try to get a feel for what he's capable of doing."

Jyles, 24, is currently listed third on the Eskimos depth chart behind Ray and Johnson.

However, Jyles is the most athletic of the three quarterbacks and has the strongest arm.

"I'm pretty excited about it," said Jyles. "I've been watching for a long time and hopefully I learned a lot."

FREE AGENT

Jyles was signed by the Eskimos as a free agent in March. To this point, he's only taken the snap on one play - the last play of the half four weeks ago against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

He was brought in to throw a Hail Mary pass at the end of the half, but didn't get it off.

"I feel pretty good about going out there," Jyles said.

"I know the offence and it's just a matter of executing and taking advantage of what Montreal is giving us and making that throw."

His toughest challenge on Saturday could be reading the defence.

"It's the extra guy on the field which makes it tougher," Jyles said. "It's not too much knowing what the defence is doing, you know where they're at, you can read them.

"The extra guy is the interception guy. If you make the wrong throw, he'll be right there to pick you off."


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