Esks Baggs Stevie

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, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Stevie Baggs is the latest addition to the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Sun has learned through a league source that the club has picked up the American defensive end after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers cut him yesterday.

The 25-year-old played special teams in Winnipeg last year, registering just one defensive tackle.

With experience in NFL Europe and time spent on an NFL practice roster, the 6-2, 240 pounder is expected to arrive in Edmonton some time today.

Edmonton plays Winnipeg on Thursday in the CFL regular season opener.

SHORT HIT: T.J. Acree doesn't see himself as a replacement for Mookie Mitchell.

Although Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia chose to keep Acree over Mitchell, the newcomer doesn't believe he has to fill the shoes of the CFL receiving legend.

To the contrary, Acree sees himself trying to fill the shoes of Ed Hervey, who retired in the off-season.

"Hervey is size 14 or whatever," cracked Acree.

Taking a sense of humour to work is a good idea, but so is taking a level-headed approach - and that is exactly what Acree has.

As a third-year CFL vet, he isn't putting too much pressure on himself.

"I can't put too much pressure on myself because - obviously, if you start thinking about that too much you won't perform," he remarked.

FUN AND GAMES: Many of the Eskimo newcomers are already referring to Acree as Eminem - the mega-star rapper.

It's not surprising, since he bears a resemblance.

At one point yesterday, some players started making Slim Shady references to Acree while he was in front of the TV camera being interviewed.

"I have got it since college," he said.

"It is just common now."

SHORT HITS: Mike Maurer didn't practise yesterday with a brace on his right knee. But he's expected to practice today ... Linebacker Mike Botterill is off the injured list and practicing ... Pat Woodcock believes his infected foot is back to normal and hopes to practise today.


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