Esks get Younger on the corner

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos got better by getting Younger - Jordan Younger.

The five-foot-10, 190-pound defensive back is fitting in well with his new team.

"We're just trying to put it together," Younger said. "I'm trying to be the best I can be, at the same time trying to learn how I'm supposed to fit in the defence, how to make the reads.

"We're just trying to get everything down and it's repetition, repetition, repetition."

Younger, 30, was acquired by the Eskimos from the Toronto Argonauts this off- season for running back Tyler Ebell and receiver TJ Acree.

On Wednesday, Ebell was hurt at the Argonauts camp and has been lost for the season.

Younger is going strong with the Eskimos. He's currently projected to occupy one of the starting corner spots.

"There is a talent here this year," Younger said. "This is probably one of the most talented group of people I've been around since I've been in the CFL. There is a lot of talent out here.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

As perhaps the most important position on defence, it's not often Canadians are pegged to be middle linebackers. It's not quite on par with a Canadian quarterback, but it's in the ball park.

Yet Agustin Barrenechea has bucked that trend in the past and is pencilled to do so again with the Eskimos.

Born in Argentina, Barrenechea is considered a non-import having played at the University of Calgary.

"When we put a roster together, it's got to be based on the best possible scenario base on where you put your imports and where you put your non-imports," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "Right now we have six non-imports on offence and we have to find a spot for the seventh.

"We're not going to play with an all-import defence. So I look at who are the best Canadians to play on that side of the ball and the two names that come to mind are (Adam) Braidwood and Barrenechea."

Acquired from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats late last season, Barrenechea played five games with the Eskimos.

This year he's expected to replace A.J. Gass, who retired and took a job on the coaching staff, in the heart of the defence.

"I'm always a little sensitive when the Canadian tag comes into play," Maciocia said. "Whether it's a linebacker, another position or a coach. He knows what he's doing out there. He belongs there and he's been really good."


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