Race for No. 2 wide open

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

How wide open is the race to be the Edmonton Eskimos' No. 2 quarterback?

When main training camp starts Sunday, there will be no official depth chart behind undisputed starter Ricky Ray.

At the moment, handicapping the race between Steven Jyles, Stefan LeFors and Jason Johnson seems a little tough.

"What we are going to do: every single day we will have someone else take the second team reps," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

"So, we will have a rotation there and then, maybe when we are a few days in, we will establish who has got the inside track on the No. 2 job."

With LeFors's impressive resume - 66% completion percentage through his college career - and Jyles's rocket for an arm, the young prospects seem to be too enticing to cut to the novice eye.

Add that to the fact LeFors offers defences a different look as a leftie while Jyles might be the most mobile pivot of the bunch.

It all means Johnson - a fourth-year Eskimo - could definitely be the lone quarterback casualty.

To Johnson's defence, he has barely been allowed off the bench in three seasons, throwing just 22 passes.

But he's also the oldest of the three backup contenders. At 27, he's three years older than Jyles and two years older than LeFors.

"The competition is going to be fierce," said Maciocia on Johnson's chances of making the club.

"We have got some other guys that can play, that is what it comes down to."

The quarterback picture would have been much clearer if the Esks hadn't been able to lure LeFors north during the off-season.

But Jyles is actually pleased to have the extra competition through camp.

"Having another great guy like Stefan pushes you more," said Jyles yesterday afternoon after Day 2 of rookie camp. "You don't have that (attitude of) - I'm better than anybody else."


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