Big shoes to fill

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

Calvin Armstrong is going to try to fill Dan Comiskey's huge shoes.

The rookie import will likely start at left guard in Comiskey's place on the Edmonton Eskimos' offensive line when the club plays the Calgary Stampeders tomorrow at Commonwealth Stadium (8 p.m., CHED).

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia hasn't come out and said who is taking the starting assignment, but all bets are on Armstrong after practice this week.

For the NFL castoff, the move to the starting rotation is a surprise.

"I feel like there are other people that are a little more natural at the left-guard position - namely (Aaron) Fiacconi," said Armstrong, who is in his first year in the CFL.

"I think he might do a better job than me but I am here to compete, so I am happy about it."

A starting tackle in college (Washington State), Armstrong has very little experience at guard.

"There is a huge difference," he said on the difference between tackle and guard.

"It is such a tighter area - which can be good and bad. The guy in front of me doesn't have as much room to work with.

"Guys are bigger and a little more physical on the inside. I think I will do OK."

With 12 NFL preseason games under his belt, this won't be Armstrong's first game under significant pressure.

To get Armstrong on the playing roster, the club will have to take an import off.

There are a few options, but it appears back-up linebacker Kenny Onatolu could be coming out.

That is just one piece of the puzzle, though, because Comiskey counted as a non-import starter.

The Esks need to have seven starting non-imports.

With Comiskey out, Maciocia needs to find another one to meet the required quota.

One option is using three non-import starting receivers.


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