Odd Mann in

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Danny Maciocia is thrilled Maurice Mann stayed on the NFL scrap heap.

The Edmonton Eskimos officially reintroduced the import wide receiver yesterday after he was cut by the Washington Redskins in late August at training camp and not picked up by another NFL team.

"We knew from the outset his chances of making it with the Redskins (after training camp) were slim to none because of the people they have invested some dollars in," said Maciocia, the Esks bench boss.

"But I didn't think he would be on the street. I thought maybe some other teams - especially with the number of receivers the Raiders have lost to season-ending injury, I figured he would be over there (in Oakland)."

LEFT IN OFF-SEASON

After waiting through the first week of the NFL regular-season to see if he would be signed elsewhere in the NFL, Mann decided to come back to Edmonton - where he played three games last year before leaving for the Redskins in the off-season.

"I think he is an outstanding receiver," continued Maciocia.

"A lot of that stuff on why he didn't make it (with the Redskins) has to do with the fact they draft people and draft picks usually stick around for a few years and they probably have a couple of dollars invested in Santana Moss and some others.

"We are happy to have him. He is going to help us, there is no question about it.

"He is really the kind of guy we really like as far as character is concerned and the fact that he is a big, physical presence out there."

At 6-2 and 190 pounds, Mann caught 11 passes with the Redskins in the preseason, the second-most on the team.

But his release was just another chapter in a strange and frustrating NFL experience.

In five years the 25-year-old has been cut by six NFL teams.

He has only played in one NFL regular-season game - in 2006 in Minnesota.

After being a fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, he made the 53-man roster before being cut 24 hours after training camp finished in his rookie year in the league in 2003.

In five NFL preseasons he has nearly 50 catches.

Coupled with his 4.3 40-yard dash speed he definitely brings some talent to the table.

But there have been questions about his route running skills.

Playing with the Eskimos for three games last fall, he had nine catches for 127 yards.

While he's openly talking about the possibility of negotiating a new deal to stay in Edmonton for longer than this fall, Mann admits the lure of the NFL is still pretty strong.

"I can never give up on a dream," he remarked yesterday.

"Of course I got to go back (if I get an NFL offer) and make the best of it. It is a good life (in the NFL)."

First reported in yesterday's Edmonton Sun, Mann's return to the Eskimos puts the club in an interesting roster position.

COULD REPLACE TUCKER

While Mann likely doesn't play this week, the Esks are eager to activate him to the roster but need to do some roster juggling to get him a spot.

Before the club lost Jason Tucker to a broken neck this summer, they could have three import receivers on the field in certain formations.

Mann could easily fill that void rather soon if Maciocia elects that option.

A full-time spot could be more tricky given the ratio rules and lack of healthy non-imports at the moment.


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