Fumbles haunt offence

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

The dreaded number around the Edmonton Eskimos' offence now stands at eight.

For each of the last eight games, at least one member of the offence has fumbled the ball.

For those keeping score at home, the Esks have lost 13 fumbles in the last eight weeks.

By comparison, Calgary (12), Saskatchewan (11) and Winnipeg (seven) have lost fewer fumbles throughout the entire season.

"Fumbles are always more frustrating (than interceptions)," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"Antime you have a philosophy of pushing the ball down field, then you are going to expose yourself to a certain extent (to interceptions).

"Fumbles are just a lack of focus, concentration and not securing the pressure points on the ball."

Edmonton has actually lost 24 fumbles on offence this year through 16 games, leading the CFL by seven fumbles more than any other club.

Through this eight-game stretch of constant fumbling, quarterback Ricky Ray leads the parade with five.

He only lost two during the first eight games.

"You talk about (it) each week and it continues to happen," said Ray. "Hopefully, we just work on it a little bit more."

QUICK HITS

Former first-round Edmonton draft pick Warren Kean has been cut in Winnipeg.

Kean was released this week, delivering another blow to his CFL career.

The non-import kicker/punter has only played one CFL regular-season game (with Edmonton last season) in two years.

FINISH LINES

Running back AJ Harris didn't participate in a single drill at yesterday's Eskimos practice, leading to further speculation he will not play Saturday in Regina.

Non-import Calvin McCarty continues to be the morning-line favourite to be the starting tailback this week.


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