Eskimos Notes

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

WORST DECISION

- Releasing RB AJ Harris to end training camp

Harris was cut on June 21, even though he seemed to be the best tailback in camp.

BEST DECISION

- Bringing Harris back to the club

The rookie was re-signed to the active roster on July 6 after Damien Anderson couldn't produce enough on the ground in the first two regular-season games. Harris had 189 rushing yards against Saskatchewan on Aug. 21 and has a very respectable 5.9-yard average per carry entering next Saturday's game here against Hamilton.

KEY FIRST-HALF STAT

Edmonton's offence is averaging 27.9 points per game. In 2007, the Esks averaged 20.6 points per contest from its offence.

BOX OFFICE REPORT

Attendance is up for the Eskimos this summer with the club averaging 38,848 fans at Commonwealth Stadium to date. Compared to last year at this time, that's an increase of 755 fans per game as the team averaged 38,093 through the first five home dates last season. The attendance numbers this season are more impressive when you consider the Esks have had three Thursday 8 p.m. kickoffs so far and are coming off back-to-back non-playoff seasons.

In an aggressive prediction, Eskimo management actually predicted a rise in attendance in their budget forecast.

GAME TO WATCH

- Oct. 25, Edmonton @ Saskatchewan

The second last game of the regular season could be very crucial to both sides. These clubs split the first two games this year, meaning the winner of this game will take the season series. That could be a critical advantage in the West Division playoff picture.

FIRST-HALF FAILURES

- Damien Anderson, RB

An unacceptable 3.4-yard average per carry through the first two games of the year cost Anderson the starting tailback job.

After standing on the sidelines for the next seven games, he was then put on the nine-game injured list with a torn labrum (shoulder injury) last week. His season is over barring some bizarre change.

From the starting running back to spectator, it has been a season to forget.

- DB J.R. LaRose

The four-year veteran can't find a spot on the 46-man roster, let alone the 42-man playing roster.

After losing his starting safety job last year but still dressing for all 18 games, LaRose is now stuck on the practice roster.

FIRST-HALF SURPRISES

- Chris Ciezki, ST

The rookie led the CFL in special teams tackles entering the Labour Day rematch last Friday. Nobody in the CFL wanted the Edmonton native when he was on the street one month before training camps opened.

The Esks signed him on May 8, three weeks before camp opened.

- Tyler Clutts, ST/DE

He wasn't even suppose to be on the opening day roster in Regina until the coaching staff pulled a last-minute switch, benching Brandon Guillory to make room.

Tied for fourth in the CFL in special teams tackles (11) entering last weekend, he has also started at defensive end.


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