Extra duties for advance scout

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Bill Macdermott is returning to the field to coach.

The former offensive line coach turned advance scout, Macdermott is going to be the lead coach for the Eskimos' short-yardage and goal-line production game.

"During the off-season we sat down and Jacques (Chapdelaine, the offensive co-ordinator) and I discussed it thoroughly and we decided to give him a package of what we do offensively," said Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

Macdermott will still be scouting the upcoming opponents but will return to the field for his specific duties.

For eight years - 1999-2006 - Macdermott handled the offensive line. Carl Brennan now handles that area.

ROOKIE RAMBLINGS: Still needing to receive a medical, receiver Fred Stamps had no choice but to sit in the Clarke Park stands and watch Day 2 of Eskimo rookie camp yesterday.

The 26-year-old import was late arriving for camp because his grandmother became ill in New Orleans.

"I'm anxious to get out (on the field) and know the guys, get to know the plays," said the soft-spoken Stamps, his long hair pulled back.

Out of football since pre-season action with the Jacksonville Jaguars last fall, Stamps is hoping to pass a medical today.

CAMP CHATTER: Maciocia doesn't seem too concerned about a proposed football league involving Mark Cuban.

"We talk about this every single time - the World League, the USFL, XFL - how is the CFL going to manage?" remarked Maciocia.

"And here we are today, we are still around."

LINE OF THE DAY: "Training camp food is so good - I can eat more often," said linebacker coach Danny Kepley after coming off the field with four layers of clothing.

Wearing two T-shirts, a pull-over jacket and a sweatshirt, Kepley was sweating off the pounds in 27 C heat yesterday.


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