To succeed Singor

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

If Antico Dalton excels at his job this season, Singor Mobley will be forgotten on the football field.

Faced with the task of replacing one of the most respected and popular players in recent memory with the Edmonton Eskimos, Dalton is No. 1 on the depth chart at weak-side linebacker entering main training camp tomorrow.

"We have played him all over the place, but that is his natural position," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

UTILITY PLAYER

Dalton seemed to cover the entire field last year; playing defensive end, being emergency relief in the secondary, occasionally playing linebacker and becoming a special teams ace (second on the club with 14 tackles).

But he's coming home in a way. The 31-year-old import played linebacker in college and for the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots in the NFL.

Of course, the positions aren't exactly the same from American to Canadian football - which explains why Dalton has quietly done everything possible this off-season to be ready.

"I had a lot of film from last season and some stuff I knew we were going to try to work on - so, I looked into those things (in the off-season)," said Dalton, who is actually entering his third season with the Green and Gold.

"And looked into a lot of different adjustments we did during the season.

"It was a lot of time put into it. So, I am definitely prepared for it."

He also slipped away from his North Carolina home to attend two Eskimos camps during the winter in El Paso and Orlando to learn the position even more.

And he comes to camp with a more suitable linebacker body type, dropping 12 pounds from his former defensive end frame to be 222 pounds.

"He looks skinny compared to what he used to," said linebackers coach Danny Kepley.

"He can run like crazy."

'ADDS A LOT OF CLASS'

Dalton also brings another fine quality to his job: the perfect attitude.

"He is a fine Christian man," continued Kepley. "It is 'Yes, sir - No, sir' as far as he (deals) with me. I am not used to that.

"He is as pleasant an individual to have in your locker room.

"He adds a lot of class to this organization."

Now Dalton needs to really make a name for himself in this organization.

At the moment, he is best known for who he played with in the NFL - Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Randall Cunningham - and who he is trying to replace in the CFL.

"It's definitely big shoes to fill," said Dalton.

"Singor had a great career for a long time.

"It's definitely a challenge.

"You never replace him, you just go in and do the best you can."

FINISH LINES: Behind Dalton in the linebacker battle is veteran Marcus Winn, who actually shared the position with Mobley last season, rotating on a down-by-down basis.

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WEAK-SIDE LINEBACKER DEPTH CHART

1. Antico Dalton (veteran)

2. Marcus Winn (veteran)

3. Kenny Onatolu (rookie)


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