Stirring up the Esks' D

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos seem set to make their most drastic changes of the season to their defensive line.

After cutting defensive end Darrell Robertson earlier this week, it appears the Esks are going to have a change at both end positions on the line for tomorrow's game against Winnipeg at Commonwealth Stadium (5 p.m., CHED, TSN).

Jim Davis and Brandon Guillory will likely be at defensive end tomorrow.

MOVING TO END

It would be Davis's first game for the Eskimos at the end position after being benched last week and a starting defensive tackle through first 13 weeks of the regular season.

Guillory has been on and off the roster throughout the year.

Like Davis, Guillory didn't dress for last Friday's tilt in Winnipeg.

While Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia hasn't announced his changes to the defensive line this week, there needs to be improvement in the trench.

The Green and Gold gave up 156 rushing yards to Winnipeg last week.

In the last two games, Edmonton has been run over - giving up a combined 318 yards on the ground.

During that span the Esks have only registered one sack.

"We got to stop the run. The bulk of (the running game last Friday) came outside the tackle. They were able to gain the perimeter by reaching our edge players and sealing them," said Maciocia.

"They were untouched five or six yards down field.

"We have to make sure we turn those ball carriers back inside."

Davis is aware of that challenge tomorrow.

Fresh from his first game on the bench, there is no need for a motivational pre-game talk this week.

"It was a kick in the butt (to sit out last Friday)," remarked Davis.

"I love football. This is my release. My family away from my family. This is all I have up here (in Canada).

"When you make mistakes and you let your guys down and you get punished for it, then you have time to look at yourself.

"I can't wait to get out there."

Davis played defensive end in college, so switching to the outside of the line is not going to be a big change.

Leading the club with five sacks from defensive tackle, Davis has spent the entire week practising at end.

Guillory has been at the other end of the line during practice, getting his legs ready to return to the roster.

A true professional this season - enduring being yanked off and on the roster without shooting his mouth off - Guillory believes he needs to step-up his game.

READY TO GO

"Personally, I haven't been that player that I know I can be," said the third-year Eskimo who had three sacks in three games in 2006 before missing 2007 with a spinal cord injury.

"Saturday - it is time for me to come out and do the things I know I am capable of doing."

Montez Murphy, Tyler Clutts and Robertson were the defensive ends on Edmonton's roster last Friday.

Murphy could be sitting tomorrow for the first time this season.


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