A chip on his shoulder?

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

About the only thing Esks defensive lineman Jim Davis missed out on doing was dumping the Gatorade over Danny Maciocia.

A giant of a man at six-foot-four and 276 pounds, the Eskimos rookie got a chance to show his stuff as an interior lineman when Adam Braidwood started the season on the nine-game injured list.

The undrafted grad from Virginia Tech made the most of his chance last night.

Davis picked up his second sack of the season in the first half. He made a key tackle on Joffrey Reynolds to stop a promising drive. And, even though he took a roughing the passer call when he smoked Calgary QB Henry Burris late in the third quarter, he'd already made his presence felt.

Curiously, Davis is the only Eskimo defender to record a sack after the first two games of the season.

"It was a good start, you know," said Davis, who tried out for and was cut by the Stamps last year. "First game at home, we wanted to make a good impression at home. I understand the rivalry between these two teams is important.

"I know I had to put my best foot forward. I tried out for those guys last year and it didn't work out.

"Everybody will have a chip against the last team that let you go."

The Esks defence held on at the end after a strong first half.

"It got kinda scary at the end, but that's what football's all about, man," Davis said. "I'm just proud of the resilience of this team. We never gave in."


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