Can Acree provide a jolt?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

T.J. Acree might have an inside track on a job with the Edmonton Eskimos this season.

In need of an offensive jolt, the latest wide receiver recruit for the Green and Gold will roll into training camp with a very solid understanding of Jacques Chapdelaine's offence.

Playing under Chapdelaine in B.C. last year, Acree won't have to bury his nose in the Eskimos' new playbook at training camp.

"I know his offence already," said Acree, a 24-year-old import.

"I think I will be able to possibly get in there and make an immediate impact."

PLAYED A ROLE

Chapdelaine arrived in the off-season as the Eskimos new offensive co-ordinator - and he played a role in Acree coming north.

"He comes highly recommended by Jacques," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"I watched him on film this off-season and liked what I saw."

There isn't much film on Acree, though, as he only played eight games for the Lions last year, catching just 28 passes before becoming a healthy scratch on a deep receiving team.

With the Eskimos' receiving core in a state of flux, there could be a better opportunity of finding full-time employment in Edmonton.

AN OPEN SPOT?

All-star slotback Jason Tucker has one inside spot, but Maciocia still hasn't publicly declared the fate of imports Ed Hervey, Mookie Mitchell, Richard Alston and Toby Zeigler.

Signing a two-year-deal (one year plus an option), Acree will also get a shot at returning kicks/punts.

But most importantly, the former Lion just wants to make news on the football field.

While in Vancouver last summer, Acree was Tasered and briefly arrested in relation to a downtown disturbance.

"It was a bad situation," he recalled.

Police released Acree and no charges were laid.

MARKET WATCH: Talented defensive halfback Jason Goss appears to be on the trade market.

According to a published report, the 27-year-old wants the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to trade him to a western Canadian city.

Not knowing Goss's salary, Maciocia isn't confirming or denying interest in Goss.

But with aging halfbacks Shannon Garrett and Donald Brady, Goss could be a great fit.

"He's a very, very gifted athlete," said former Hamilton defensive co-ordinator Kavis Reed.

"Had Jason played on a team that was winning games, he would have been a perennial all-star."

FINISH LINES: The Sun has learned the Edmonton Eskimos are scheduled to open the regular season at home against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 28.

The CFL head office is hoping to officially release the schedule on Friday.

The Eskimos originally feared they would have to spend three straight weeks on the road to start the regular season because of a soccer tournament at Commonwealth Stadium.


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