Esks have options

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

EDMONTON - Although Richie Hall said he doesn’t know who he will start at free safety Sunday, both Saleem Borhot and Weldon Brown will play at the position.

“We haven’t made a decision but we’ve been running different combinations with Saleem back there, we’ve also been going with Weldon Brown back there,” said the Edmonton Eskimos head coach. “Both of them are going to be on the roster, both of them are going to have an opportunity to play. Who runs out there on the first play? They don’t even know yet.”

Typically a non-import position, the Eskimos experimented with some different personnel to account for having Brown, an American, at safety.

Maintaining their ratio means bringing in linebacker Javier Glatt or defensive tackle Dee Sterling.

“They’re both going to play,” Hall said. “All of our non-imports are going to have the opportunity to play.

“It’s a ratio thing, we’ve kind of worked through that regarding there’s a couple different ways that we can go. We have different combination packages that we’re able to play with. It gives us some options and you’re not just locked in.”

Glatt, an eight-year CFL veteran, prefers to leave all the ratio worries up to the coaches.

“I don’t really get into stuff like that,” he said. “As a player, I just go out there and do what I’m told. Psychologically, you just want to be in a good head space.”

Hall wants his players thinking only about the task at hand.

“You just need to do your job regardless of who we have at whatever position, if you just do your job then everything works hand-in-hand with each other,” he said. “Our defence relies on everyone, 12 people out there taking care of their responsibilities, and if you do that you give yourself a chance to be successful.

“I don’t need anyone to do anything special. I just need everyone to execute their job and then everything else will take care of itself.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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