Prator's big chance

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

Greg Prator found the Edmonton Eskimos -- and now he wants to make it tough for them to forget him.

The lanky receiver with big hands convinced the Green and Gold to sign him this off-season after he took the initiative to find a free-agent camp in Long Beach, Calif., and opened eyes with his ability at that session.

Now he has one chance in tonight's first pre-season game in Calgary to convince the coaching staff that he deserves to stay with the Esks for at least another week.

With Fred Stamps, Jason Tucker and Kelly Campbell the favourites to grab the three starting import receiver jobs in training camp, Prator is likely fighting for the one import backup role against Jermaine Jamison and Clarence Moore.

While he has looked sharp through 12 days of camp, Prator doesn't have a spectacular resume. He caught just seven balls in his senior year at Washington State in 2006.

"I played in pretty much all the games; I just didn't have too many opportunities come my way. But I tried to take advantage of each and every one I got," said Prator, who did produce a 19-yard average that year.

The Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints were interested in him after college, but a hip injury -- which eventually led to surgery -- killed his NFL hopes.

Out of football for an entire year, Prator has done his job so far in Eskimos' camp.

"Tremendous development in a short period of time," said receivers coach Mike Kelly on the prospect.

Now the lights come on tonight.A passing grade means he sticks around for the final pre-season game on June 19.


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