Keeping 'em confused

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

BURLINGTON -- The word apparent is becoming the most important word for anybody trying to figure out what the Edmonton Eskimos are going to do with their secondary for tomorrow's game in Hamilton.

One day after Trey Young spent nearly an entire practice at safety - giving the look of being the apparent new starting safety - the Eskimos' secondary went back in the blender during yesterday's indoor practice at McMaster University.

GOSS TAKES NO. 1 REPS

Jason Goss returned to his old safety position during the practice, leaving a couple of reporters with puzzled faces.

It's an interesting flip-flop considering the Esks are facing a very short week - just three on-field practice sessions - after playing in Toronto on Sunday.

From an outsider's perspective, it would seem the club would want to set its defensive roster from the beginning of the week and try to give the group as many practice reps as possible in the hope of rebounding after a terrible effort in last Sunday's loss at Rogers Centre.

Who starts at safety - arguably the most important position in the defensive backfield - tomorrow night is anybody's guess.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia will not discuss changes to his starting roster this year.

It's hard to blame him, considering he wants his cards close to his chest.

Young claims he's not mad at the juggling of bodies during this short week.

"You never know in this game," said Young.

"The CFL is pretty funny in how teams line up. But at the same time, whatever decision (the coaching staff) makes, I am cool with it.

"If I am playing, I am playing. If not, I am definitely going to be supporting the guys.

"I am new here. So, I am not mad in that they are kind of bouncing me around."

Goss has been solid at safety through the first four games of the regular season.

It's not like his performance means he should lose his job.

But against Hamilton, Young might be a better fit because the Eskimos are weak against the run and the Tabbies are lethal with the one-two punch of tailback Jesse Lumsden and pivot Casey Printers.

YOUNG IS THICKER

Young is thicker than Goss, who is more of a true defensive back that can help shut down key receivers - which Hamilton lacks.

As far as other possible changes in the secondary, it appears rookie Bradley Robinson has a very good chance of starting his first ever game in the CFL.

In two practices this week, he has three interceptions.

"I have been talking to Jordan Younger, see what to look for and read alignments," said Robinson.

If he indeed starts, it will be a neat story because his older brother Durell played as a wide receiver with the Eskimos in 2002 and 2003.

The siblings actually talk every day on the phone, even though Durell is now working in the freight department for UPS in South Carolina.


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