Receivers to battle

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

ESK-CETERA

The Edmonton Eskimos are creating their own intriguing reality series.

Wanting to use two non-imports in their expanded receiving set this year, the Esks now have five CFL veteran candidates coming to training camp. By signing Kamau Peterson yesterday, the battle for those two spots at training camp will be one to watch.

"Character (and) talent-wise, we are getting ourselves a gem here," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia yesterday.

POOR HANDS LABEL

Labelled by the media for having frying pans for hands and carrying the nickname Kamau Incompleterson earlier in his career, the 28-year-old did his best to escape that rap last year with 51 catches for 567 yards on a weak Hamilton squad.

Clearly noticed by other coaches, Peterson claims every CFL team showed interest in him this off-season before choosing to be reunited with Edmonton offensive co-ordinator Jacques Chapdelaine.

"My size and speed don't really come around that often, especially in a non-import," said Peterson, who was born in California but is a non-import because he first played football in Windsor.

BEST SEASON IN '02

With Chapdelaine as Calgary's offensive co-ordinator in 2002, Peterson enjoyed his best season, racking up 931 yards. Edmonton will run a similar offence this year.

Besides Peterson, the Esks have non-import receivers Rob Leblanc, Andrew Nowacki, J.F. Romeo and Pat Woodcock under contract.

SHORT HITS: Expect the Eskimos to announce their assistant coaching staff on offence in the next few days. Sources indicate Bill Macdermott will not return in the role of offensive line coach.

FINISH LINES: Maciocia delivered the quote of the day when comparing grocery shopping to being under the salary cap."If you want to eat meat all week, you're going to have to cut some other item," he said.


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