Ray sweetens pot for timely tackles

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Ricky Ray has added some spice to the special teams units this year.

The Eskimo quarterback - who is making $450,000 a year - has offered $500 to any Edmonton player who can lead the league in special teams tackles this season.

"The special teams coach (Scott Squires) came to me and said he had an idea- get guys to play for something," said Ray.

"He convinced me that better special teams play (means) better field position we will have offensively."

So far, the money is in danger.

Mathieu Bertrand is second in the league in special teams tackles with 13, just one off the pace.

"That is nice of him, said Bertrand on Ray's offer. "But if I win that $500 I'm probably going to (have) a party with all the players."

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia is having a little fun with the side bet.

"If you can get $5 out of Ricky Ray that is a lot of money," said the coach.

On a serious note, Maciocia is very happy with Bertrand's season - both at fullback and on special teams.

"Whenever I see Matty doing something good I almost give myself a little pat on the back because here is a guy we have basically converted from being a quarterback (at Laval University) to being a fullback," said Maciocia.

"Not only is he a pretty good fullback, he is a pretty good special teams player."

FINISH LINES: Receiver Trevor Gaylor is the bowling kingpin in the Edmonton Eskimo locker-room.

He had the high score - 202 - during the team bowling event on Wednesday.

"Everybody had an equal opportunity to go with their special (bowling) ball, special gloves, their good luck T-shirts - whatever it may have been - all of it got them second place," cracked Gaylor.

"I am probably one of the best you have seen in person.

"I think other than the PBA Tour, I possibly could be the best in the world."


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