Battles are on to plug holes in the defence

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

After giving up the second most yards per game (358) and the second most points (406) in the CFL last year, there are holes to plug on defence.

Here is the 411 on the key defensive areas to watch when Edmonton Eskimo main training camp begins tomorrow.

3 BATTLES TO WATCH

1. Defensive Tackle: Rob Brown has one job, but the spot beside him is completely up for grabs. With Steve Charbonneau and Randy Spencer gone, this is a three-way battle between Jabari Issa, Charles Alston and Ron Warner.

2. Defensive End: While Adam Braidwood is a lock on one end of the line, Brandon Guillory, Mike Murphy and Russel Rabe fight at the other end.

3. Safety: Ten-year CFL veteran Will Loftus is back in shape, which means J.R. LaRose has competition.

3 CFL VETS ON THE BUBBLE

DB Shannon Garrett: Needs a stellar camp to somehow convince the coaching staff he should stay in a revamped and young secondary.

DT Jabari Issa: Entering his fourth season with the Esks, it's time to produce.

LB Marcus Winn: If Antico Dalton wins the starting weak-side linebacker job, do the Esks keep Winn for a third year or choose rookie Kenny Onatolu to back up?

3 QUESTIONS TO PONDER

1. Was defensive end Brandon Guillory a flash in the pan? Three sacks in his last three games last season were impressive, but now he has to prove himself in 2007.

2. Is strong-side linebacker Ray Perryman for real? Touted through rookie camp, he has to continue to shine at main camp.

3. How long will it take for Omarr Morgan, Jason Goss and Stanford Samuels to gel in the defensive backfield?


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