Esks Camp File

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

WHO'S HOT

The first real test comes Friday night in Calgary during the first pre-season game - but some players still helped their stock in the Green and Gold game.

Although it was a controlled scrimmage with no hitting yesterday at Clarke Park, these Edmonton Eskimo players stood out for good reason.

DB Stanford Samuels: Made the only interception of the game, picking off a Ricky Ray pass for Jason Tucker. The key off-season addition to the secondary then broke up a pass intended for Toby Zeigler.

QB Ricky Ray: Unofficially he was 11-for-14 with one interception.

"I felt like I made some good reads today," said Ray.

"But there is always going to be room for improvement. I'm sure the coaches are going to be on me about something."

FB Mathieu Bertrand: Gets the nod for the catch of the day, grabbing a ball over his shoulder while being dogged by A.J. Gass.

WR Trevor Gaylor: Made three catches, including one in traffic. Didn't drop a single ball.

RB Tyler Ebell: Showed quickness and good hands. Made at least two catches - continuing to make a solid case to stick around in some fashion.

DE Mike Murphy: Blew past tackle Joe McGrath for a sure sack. With returnee Brandon Guillory having a quiet camp, this is a battle to watch in the two pre-season games.

QB Stefan LeFors: Displayed his good scrambling ability several times during the scrimmage. Finished the day going 5-for-7 (unofficially) in the passing department. He appears to have a leg up in the battle for the No. 2 quarterback job.

WHO'S NOT

One name isn't a surprise on the list because he's struggling a bit at camp. However, the other name almost never appears.

Here are the two players who noticeably had off-performances during yesterday's Edmonton Eskimos controlled scrimmage.

STEVEN JYLES, QB

Athletically gifted with mobility and a cannon for an arm, Jyles had a less than stellar day. He finished 7-for-12 with a missed touchdown toss, bobbled snap and some misfires.

JASON TUCKER, SB

One of the top three receivers in the league, Tucker dropped a perfectly thrown pass from Ricky Ray in the end zone. Might not happen again this year.

INJURIES

The following players didn't dress for the game:

SB Pat Woodcock (leg)

DB Jason Goss (leg)

RB Josh Ranek (hamstring)

LB Ray Perryman (shoulder)

LB Mike Botterill (undisclosed)

OL Patrick Kabongo (ankle)

OL Tony Tella (leg)

WR Ryan Kelly (hamstring)

WR Patrick Johnson (hamstring)

WR T.J. Acree (undisclosed)

DL Rob Brown (knee)

K Warren Kean (quad)

NOTES

In the strangest scene of the entire Green and Gold game, the referee crew actually signaled touchdown on a short-yardage play. Strange, you ask? There was not a single defensive player on the field at the time of the scripted play.


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