Tough decisions for coaches

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

EDMONTON - It ain’t easy being green.

The Edmonton Eskimos used a three-day rookie camp, which wrapped up Friday, as an audition for the 32 players in attendance to earn an invitation to the main camp that kicks off Sunday.

But not all of the 32 players in attendance over the week will get the opportunity to compete for a roster spot.

All CFL clubs have to trim down to 68 bodies, plus non-counters such as draft picks, by midnight Eastern on Saturday.

“It’s tough decisions, but some people have separated themselves,” said head coach Richie Hall. “Some people you want to look at more. We’ve got to sit down now as a staff and (decide) how can we look at these guys more because some of them are really intriguing.

“But it comes down to the numbers thing because you can only bring 68 to camp and that’s the decision we’ve got

to make over the next 24 hours.”

Although the coach didn’t reveal how many cuts need to be made, there are 45 veterans currently on the roster, plus quarterbacks, filling up spots.

“The exact number, I couldn’t even tell you,” Hall said.

“We knew that we were going to have to make some cuts because we can’t take everybody, but we had a chance to see everybody that we have — the rookies against the rookies — to how they compare with each other. Now we’ve got to make our decision.”

Quarterbacks Floyd Haigler and Curtis Dell — who is currently with the Golden Bears — and offensive lineman Alex Lau and defensive back Roderick Williams were brought into rookie camp as unsigned free agents, but they were given the same opportunities as everyone else.

“Their spot is no different than any others,” Hall said.

NO SHOW: Former NFL defensive end Kenneth Pettway missed rookie camp to attend a wedding but is expected to be in Edmonton when main camp opens on Sunday.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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