Shannon shining like a youngster at camp

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Shannon Garrett continues to defy the age barrier.

The Edmonton Eskimos cornerback is more than just holding his own at training camp against younger players vying for his job.

"Here he is, he's coming to camp, he knows he's in for a dogfight," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "But if we were picking our team today, Shannon would be here. He's had an outstanding camp. He's had a great week."

Garrett, 35, is looking to play in his eighth year with the Eskimos. The native of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is a 13-year CFL veteran and doesn't appear ready to call it quits anytime soon.

"The thing is, we have two pre-season games and some of these rookies are finally getting an understanding of spacing out there with the wider field and the terminology," Maciocia said. " So now we'll see how they fit in. But Shannon is Shannon and he gives us some flexibility. He can play corner, he can play halfback, he can also play safety. He also provides some leadership back there for us."

Garrett and graduate of Mississippi College, may have lost a stop or two in his day, but he more than makes up for it in experience.

"If you go back to when he was 27 or 28 clearly we all slow down," Maciocia said. "But he has such a great understanding of the game that he makes it up in other areas. He's been productive out here."

Notes: Offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo missed practice after spraining his ankle the day before. Kabongo will miss today's Green and Gold Game but expects to be back sometime next week.


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