Three weeks for Acree?

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

T.J. Acree is the main man for at least three weeks.

The rookie receiver will be Ricky Ray's primary target after slotback Jason Tucker had his knee scoped Tuesday morning. Acree, who is battling a foot injury, is excited to have the added responsibility.

"It's a different position for me obviously - inside receiver to the outside. It's similar, but I have big shoes to fill," said Acree yesterday after practice.

"Jason Tucker is the man around here and he's proved over the years that he's the guy that can carry an offence. But when he's unfortunately out of the lineup, we have maintained a group effort."

Acree hasn't had this much responsibility since his days at Boise State. Certainly not during his two-year stint with the B.C. Lions.

"I'm not going to change the way I play. You definitely have to think a lot in this offence. But I am just going to focus on the plays that Jacques (Chapdelaine) wants to run and do my best."

Acree practised yesterday, for the first time this week. Ray threw a lot of balls Acree's way, connecting a few times during the Eskimos 90-minute workout.

"It hurts not having Jason (Tucker) in the lineup, because he is one of our top guys. He's a guy that can make big plays and it takes away one of your weapons," said Ray.

"T.J. came in last week into that position and he's been playing well. He's a good guy to step into that role.

"We definitely have other weapons that can pick up the slack until Jason gets back."

Along with Acree's six-catch, 84-yard performance last week, Ray can also lean on Kamau Peterson and Trevor Gaylor more heavily. Peterson had six catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns last week.

Tucker has been battling this nagging knee injury all season long, and with the Eskimos approaching a bye in week 9, this was the best time for the Eskimos' top receiver to go on the shelf.

"Nobody is going to go out there and be Jason Tucker," said Ray.

"They are all very talented receivers and they are going to go out and play their game and we'll get the job done."


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