Eskimos get bigger

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

EDMONTON - Elliot Richardson knows one thing for sure.

“One thing I notice is we’re bigger all over the place,” said Richarson, who checks in at five-foot-nine.

The Eskimos safety has had somewhat of an accelerated career path.

The best he hoped for when he showed up for his rookie season in 2009 was to be an understudy to veteran Scott Gordon.

When Gordon got hurt in the first game of the season, Richardson was thrown into the fire. He appeared in 14 games, starting in 12 of them.

“I was fortunate to get the experience,” said Richardson. “With the way the system is, it’s pretty complicated. It’s easy enough on paper, it’s another thing to get in there and do the right thing when the play is live.”

Only Richardson and Jason Goss have returned to the secondary as head coach Richie Hall will reshape the unit to his liking.

“Improvement is coming every single day,” said Richardson. “There’s a lot more size and a lot of athleticism. We’re just trying to become a more cohesive unit.”

The projected starting unit includes Lenny Walls, who led the CFL in interceptions last season, and Willie Amos, who sat out the entire 2009 season with an injury.

The 2009 secondary went a half-season without a pick.

Having one year under his belt has helped Richardson adjust to the situation much quicker.

Even though there were some rough times, Richardson started this camp as the only safety with pro experience and has been taking the No. 1 reps.

“Last year, I was trying to absorb as much from Scott and this year, I’m the one trying to teach the system to the younger (safeties).”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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