Tristan pulling double duty

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Tristan Jackson is going to get double-duty against the Toronto Argos.

With Lenny Williams going on the nine-game injury list with a detached pec muscle, Jackson is going to be a punt returner and starter in the secondary tonight for the Edmonton Eskimos.

While Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia hasn't confirmed Jackson will start, Sun Media has learned that will happen.

It appears he will start at one of the cornerback positions with Jonte Buhl likely moving to one of the halfback positions.

Maciocia has until one hour before tonight's 8 p.m. kickoff against Toronto to announce his roster.

What is certain is that rookie Bradley Robinson has been activated to the 46-man roster from the practice roster.

That happened after Williams was officially moved to the nine-game injury list yesterday after suffering the injury last Thursday against Calgary.

Williams wasn't available for comment but he told Sun Media a few days ago that a shoe got tangled with his shoulder pads, nearly ripping his shoulder apart last Thursday.

Whatever the case, Jackson is thrilled with a chance to start in the secondary tonight for the first time in his Edmonton career.

"I am very excited about that," remarked the CFL rookie. "I got big shoes to fill.

"Lenny (is) helping me a lot. He told me a lot of stuff, what to look for because he played last year."

Jackson came on the field to replace Williams in the second final drive last week when Calgary scored a touchdown.

But with an entire game in front of him tonight as a defensive starter, Jackson firmly believes he has enough gas in the tank to be a returner on special teams.

"I have no doubt in my mind I do," he remarked.

"I have been doing a lot of running. I think I am in very good shape."

Eskimos receiver Kamau Peterson is impressed with Jackson's foot speed.

"He's extremely athletic and deceptively fast to the point where he is one of those gliders," said Peterson, who practised against Jackson through training camp and the first two weeks of the season.

"He kind of floats. As a speed guy myself I kind of look for that. He is kind of like a Jason Armstead in that regard. He will do fine for us."


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