Depth chart doesn't faze ex-Badger

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

His chances of making the team are slim.

About as good as seeing a dome roof over Commonwealth Stadium.

Barring injuries to all three quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart, the only playing time Tyler Donovan may see this year with the Edmonton Eskimos is of the practice squad variety.

But yesterday at the Eskimos rookie camp, Donovan had those around him paying heed.

The former University of Wisconsin Badgers quarterback throws a very good ball and was picking out receivers with relative ease during passing drills.

"Tyler is not a guy that we're bringing in because we need an arm," said Danny Maciocia. "Those guys are a dime a dozen - you can find those guys out there. All you have to do is pick up the phone and they'll be lined up at your door.

"But he's a guy that really played well at Wisconsin and he came highly recommended. We've got Ricky (Ray), Jason (Maas) and Stefan (LeFors) - I think that's as good as you're going to come across in this league. But you also have to think about tomorrow and this is a great opportunity for him to come out here and show us what he's got and make it as tough as he possibly can on the coaches to a point where we're going to have to consider him at the end of camp."

Donovan, 23, played five seasons for the Badgers, leading the team to a 9-3 record in his senior year and a berth in the Outback Bowl where they lost 21-17 to Tennessee.

The Milwaukee native signed with the Eskimos in April.

"I'm just going to come in and compete," Donovan said. "That's what's exciting - I'm still playing the game that I love. I'm coming in trying to play in a league that I think fits me very well.

"I know all three of these guys are established players and just getting to work with them is pretty neat."


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