Not all bad, says Maciocia

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Danny Maciocia is not beating himself up over Friday's exhibition loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

Nor should he.

The purpose of the game was to evaluate talent. And despite the 28-3 score, the game served its purpose.

"If you take a look at the score, then you would give it a failing grade," Maciocia said. "But I think some of the players stood out in that game.

"Siddeeq Shabazz was all over the place. Antico Dalton played really well and we were excited to see Kenny Hollis play and Ray Perryman play. Tyler Ebell, he looked pretty good. We got some positive things out of it and some of the other players that we were looking forward to seeing perform struggled a bit."

The Eskimos went into the contest not having game-planned for the Stampeders.

They were more interested in seeing what their players were capable of doing as opposed to what the opponents were up to. Maciocia admits the offence struggled with Calgary's defensive schemes which was expected going in.

"Now we have to work on scaling down the numbers and work with numbers where we can get the most reps for people that we think are going to be around here," Maciocia said. "That's what we're going to be doing here in the next day or two."

The Eskimos did not make any cuts yesterday, but the axe is expected to swing today or tomorrow.

In Thursday's exhibition game against the Lions, the Eskimos plan on giving the projected starters the bulk of the work.

The regular season opens on June 28th at Commonwealth Stadium against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"Overall I was pretty satisfied with what I saw," Maciocia said. "Now all we have to do is try to reduce the group and get these guys to work with each other and get them ready to play B.C."


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