No reason to panic

Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia is not worried after his team was thumped by the Roughriders on...

Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia is not worried after his team was thumped by the Roughriders on Saturday. (Sun File/Brendon Dlouhy)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

REGINA -- The worst loss in eight years isn't making Danny Maciocia panic.

"We're 2-2-1 (regular-season record), so it is not the end of the world," said the Edmonton Eskimos head coach after Saturday's butt-kicking in Regina.

Granted, Maciocia isn't pleased with a 54-14 defeat to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the most lopsided loss in eight years for the Esks.

"But it's not a question of being totally outplayed," said Maciocia. "It's just doing stupid things."

Edmonton essentially committed six turnovers against the Riders.

There were breakdowns on special teams during a blocked punt and Tyler Ebell's brain camp when he failed to pick up a punted ball.

There were penalty problems. There were protection problems with quarterback Ricky Ray.

In two key areas - the Esks' running game and return game - there could be some changes for the next tilt against Calgary on Saturday.

Depending on the health of Pat Woodcock - who has been battling a knee injury - he could get a shot at returning punts or kicks.

"Woodcock has done it before," said Maciocia.

"He has been in New York Giant camp as a returner."

Woodcock didn't return any punts last year for the Eskimos, but he did return seven kickoffs for a respectable 22.4-yard average.

NUMBERS DON'T ADD UP

In the running back department, Ron McClendon's numbers still aren't close to Tyler Ebell's.

Through five weeks of the regular season, Ebell has more rushing yards (153) and a better average per carry (6.4) in just two games at tailback than McClendon (89 rushing yards and 3.9-yard average) has in three games as a starter.

So, it is possible that both Ebell and McClendon will get reps in the backfield when practice resumes tomorrow.

"It is all stuff to consider," said Maciocia when asked about Ebell.

But the head coach admitted it wouldn't surprise him to see both players on the roster this week in some capacity.

RETURN MAN AGAIN?

That means Ebell could still be in the return picture in some fashion, regardless of Woodcock's health.

"The only thing I was disappointed (with) was the first punt," said Maciocia, referring to Ebell failing to pick up the punt and letting the Riders' Jamie Boreham recover it.

"Everything else I thought we had decent returns."

As of yesterday, Maciocia didn't know the severity of Ray Perryman's right shoulder injury suffered in Regina, "but he's probably questionable at best for this week."


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