Lefsrud at right guard for Raleigh

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Raleigh Roundtree isn't trying to make a stink.

The personable offensive lineman isn't searching out the media to complain.

But the bottom line is simple: the import guard is no longer part of the No. 1 offensive line unit at Eskimos training camp.

Kevin Lefsrud has taken his spot at right guard.

"I can say I am a little frustrated," said Roundtree after practice yesterday.

"I just have to come out and work hard, like I did last year - work hard and make an impression on the coaches and see what happens."

The good news for Roundtree is that Danny Maciocia hasn't decided who will break camp on his No. 1 unit.

After sitting for the first half of last year, the American entered the starting roster after Labour Day and played very well down the stretch.

But with Lefsrud coming back to the club this year, the Esks can go with a veteran non-import line to help with their ratio.

At the moment that unit at practice consists of Patrick Kabongo, Lefsrud, Tim Bakker, Dan Comiskey and Joe McGrath.

"I would say I am real surprised by that," said Roundtree on not being part of the top group.

A former centre with the Esks, Lefsrud is more comfortable at right guard, but knows the job is anything but secured.

"He could easily take (the) job," said Lefsrud on Roundtree. "There are five open spots. The five best play."

CAMP CHATTER: Maciocia returned serve on a playful question from the media yesterday.

When asked how much better Jacques Chapdelaine's new offensive system was compared to Maciocia's old one, the head coach replied: "You guys ripped it pretty good, but that old system went to three Grey Cups in the last five years.

"So I am hoping this system can go to three Grey Cups in the next five years."

FINISH LINES: In a clever marketing idea, 13 puppies at the Edmonton Humane Society have been named after Eskimo players - like A.J. and Braidwood - in hopes of them being adopted this weekend.


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