There's a new kid in town

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

Scott Eyster is about to begin the ultimate Eskimo crash course.

Providing he passes a medical and is cleared to practise today, Eyster will be the Esks' third-string pivot the rest of the season.

From Delta State, Eyster was rated by one scouting group as the 44th quarterback available out of 103 choices in this year's NFL draft.

"You don't want to shock him," said Eskimo offensive co-ordinator Jacques Chapdelaine.

"You got to make sure he is comfortable with at least the logistics of putting the ball in play.

"After that, take a very small package and teach him some very basic reads - take five - maybe 10 - plays."

While bringing in a CFL veteran pivot would have thrilled more fans, this type of move makes sense.

"He was on our (negotiation) list and I didn't have to give my newborn away," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia, clearly referring to how difficult it is to trade for something in the CFL when dealing from a position of weakness.

FINISH LINES: Maciocia admits he is looking for someone to replace injured fullback Mathieu Bertrand, fearing he could be gone for a month with a foot injury... Bertrand's injury does mean Ricky Ray's $500 bet will not be cashed. Ray had promised $500 to any Eskimo who could lead the league in special teams tackles this year. Bertrand entered last week with a two tackle lead in that category.


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