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GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Edmonton Eskimos coaches might have too much of a good thing when it comes to their receiving corps.

Especially considering the team has to trim down from 72 players to a 46-man active roster, plus a seven-player practice squad, by 1 p.m. on Thursday.

While there are heated battles going on in training camp across the positions, perhaps none have been as convoluted as at receiver.

But Skyler Green wouldn't expect anything less in his first training camp with the Eskimos.

"That's our wide-receiving corps," he said. "We all complement each other and make big plays when we're out there on the football field."

As good as they were, with eight receivers making at least a reception for a combined 266 yards on 21 catches, the Eskimos were without past top guns like Fred Stamps and Kelly Campbell -who both remained home with injury or illness.

"We didn't come in this game with Fred Stamps, our No. 1 receiver, and a guy like Kelly Campbell who we are expecting big things from," remarked quarterback Jason Maas.

"The other guys stepped up and made big plays. That's expected of those guys."

But big plays make for tough decisions by coaches this week.

"There's going to be. Obviously, every year there are tough decisions to be made," Maas said. "The best things is guys got opportunities in the game to put their best foot forward and the coaches ultimately have to make decisions who to go with and who gives us the best opportunity to win."

The Eskimos training camp has been a receiver showcase over the past two seasons.

"Last year, I thought we had a pretty deep receiving corps and this year it's the same thing," said quarterback Ricky Ray. "With the small rosters in the CFL, there's tough decisions that have to be made and, man, I'm glad I'm not a coach right now."

BIG SCRUM:Eskimos S Elliott Richardson caused a little bit of a stir after pulling up to avoid what would have been a late hit on Lions SB Geroy Simon, making just enough contact to earn a facemaskto- facemask with the veteran receiver before teammates intervened.

NOTABLES:All CFL teams must cut down to a 46-man active roster on Thursday, while the Eskimos currently have 72 bodies at camp ... The Eskimos will return to Empire Field to face the Lions on Oct. 16 ... The Lions played 232 home games in the original Empire Stadium, which opened in 1954 ... The last time the Eskimos played outdoors in Vancouver was July 25, 1982.

INJURIES:Eskimos LB Mo Lloyd went down on the last play of the first quarter with an injured right knee and didn't return ... Lions RT Sherko Haji-Rasouli left early in the third quarter with an injured left knee.


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