Perry not pleased

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Fred Perry wasn't happy with his regular-season debut with the Edmonton Eskimos.

A high-profile off-season acquisition, Perry was held to just one tackle and zero sacks against Saskatchewan last week.

If that trend continues, Perry will soon be facing a barrage of questions after being the focal point in the trade for quarterback Steven Jyles.

"They went to their quick game, away from me and I just have to adapt to it," Perry said of last week's loss in Regina.

The quick game is reference to quarterback Marcus Crandell getting rid of the ball in a hurry.

That makes it very difficult for a defensive end like Perry to make an impact.

Facing pivot Henry Burris tonight, the job is going to be just as tough because the Stamps offence is also built around quick passes.

Perry will also have to deal with Burris's noted scrambling ability, something Crandell doesn't have.

Burris ran for 62 yards - an 8.9 yard average - last week against B.C.

Trying to be a team player, Perry is helping rookie defensive end Montez Murphy prepare for the dual-threat quarterback.

"I already told him, Henry is going to try him because he is a rookie," remarked Perry.

FINISH LINES: The Eskimos don't have any interest in acquiring running back Jarrett Payton from Montreal.

Payton is apparently on the market, one year after finishing fifth in the league in rushing with 852 yards.


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