Maciocia mulls over decisions on d-line

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- If Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia wants to activate Fred Perry for Friday's rematch against the B.C. Lions, he's going to face an interesting problem.

The Green and Gold have won two straight games -- including a 27-20 victory in Vancouver two days ago -- with a new defensive end tandem of Jim Davis and Brandon Guillory.

Does Maciocia break up that duoto get Perry back on the field after missing 11 games with a broken leg?

Perry has returned to contact practice and should be ready to play this Friday.

Considering the tight 42-man playing rosters in the CFL, the easiest way to get Perry in the lineup at defensive end is to take either Davis or Guillory off.

But Davis was outstanding in Vancouver where he forced a fumble, recorded a quarterback sack and a had a knockdown.

And Guillory had two more quarterback sacks against the Lions, giving him four in the last two games.

"We have got a great group of guys out there right now," said Edmonton defensive tackle Dario Romero, the veteran of the d-line.

"JD brings speed and power. BG is just a natural pass rusher."

Each of Guillory's four sacks in the last two games have come from one particular move, courtesy of the teaching from defensive line coach Don Wnek.

"I can't really expose it because it might help other teams," said Guillory with a chuckle.

Of course, Maciocia could bring Perry on the roster this week and use him in a rotation with Davis and Guillory.

That would help ease Perry back into the flow of a game after being on the sidelines since July 20.

But to do that, Maciocia would have to take an import off the roster in another area.

The head coach isn't going to discuss personnel decisions before kickoff.

So it will be a guessing game throughout practice this week to see if Perry -- who led Saskatchewan with 70 defensive tackles and eight sacks last year -- returns.

Import special teams players Derrick Doggett or Tyler Clutts could be taken off the roster to make room, but both are key cogs in coverage units.

Doggett had three special teams tackles in Vancouver and Clutts is third on the team in that department this year.

And the import ratio scenario gets even more interesting this week if Maciocia wants to bring import tailback AJ Harris back to the roster.


Videos

Photos