Esks will stand pat

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EDMONTON -- Don’t be surprised to see Jamaica Rector in another CFL jersey sometime this season.

The former Edmonton Eskimos slotback was a casualty of last week’s roster cuts.

But the numbers game works both ways, as other teams have had to make difficult decisions of their own.

While they may see some former teammates land on other squads, the Eskimos are in no hurry to bring in anyone cut from other rosters.

“No one right now,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “We’re happy with the guys that we have. When you talk about bringing guys in, are they better than the guys that you currently have? Because there’s going to be a learning curve bringing them in.

“If you look at veterans that were released, I think unless something dramatic happens over the next couple weeks, you’re going to stay with the guys that you have. But if you want to bring someone in to fill in a hole where you’re going to miss someone long-term, that’s where I think those veterans come in because you don’t have to teach them the game.”

One place where the Eskimos added veteran talent in the off-season was at the non-import receiver position.

With Andre Talbot and Brad Smith coming over from the Toronto Argonauts in a trade for defensive tackle Eric Taylor, the Eskimos now have three capable starters, including veteran Kamau Peterson.

Unfortunately, they likely won’t all play at the same time, but all understand their position on the team.

“We’ve got three quality starters out there,” said Hall. “They’ve accepted their roles and at some point in time they’re all going to make major contributions to our football team.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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