Shutting down Reynolds a priority

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Henry Burris has the target on his back in Cowtown - but the Eskimos better make sure they have a target on Joffrey Reynolds' back tomorrow.

The Calgary Stampeders' running back could turn out to be the key to the Edmonton-Calgary clash at Commonwealth Stadium because the Esks are having a terrible time stopping the run.

Edmonton is last in the three key defensive stats when it comes to opposition running. The Green and Gold have given up 665 yards on the ground this year - for an average of 133 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry.

"We have to make sure it is three yards per carry, not six," said Edmonton defensive line coach Malvin Hunter.

Reynolds can be the most dangerous back in the league if he handles the ball enough.

He's fourth in the CFL in rushing but is sporting a 5.9-yard average per carry.

He was second in the league in rushing last year.

"We have some new guys on the defence who are still trying to learn the scheme a little bit. Sometimes we are out of position," said Edmonton defensive end Adam Braidwood on why the club is struggling to shut down the run.

"I think everybody is coming along real good and we are going to start playing a lot better.

"I think we definitely have the tools to shut down the run. This week will be a big test."

In 2006, Reynolds averaged 92 yards per game on the ground versus Edmonton.


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