New faces, new result

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are facing a B.C. Lions team they have already beaten this year.

Sure, it might have been back in the preseason when the Eskimos pulled out a thrilling 36-32 victory in the dying seconds to christen the new Empire Field.

But at 0-4 so far in the regular season, they don’t mind being reminded of any kind of victory at all — exhibition or not.

Three changes have been made to the Eskimos starting lineup, with all three players — defensive tackle Adam Braidwood, right guard Jeremy Parquet and cornerback Roderick Williams — faced the Lions on the field in that preseason game.

“I played in the second preseason game against B.C., so I kind of know what they’re going to bring,” said Braidwood, who is expected to make his first CFL start since 2007 this Friday.

“Hopefully, I’d like to get out there and compete and see what happens.”

But Parquet doesn’t put much faith in a preseason game where you don’t always come up against the opponent’s best players.

“Preseason was the preseason,” said the six-foot-seven, 335-pound Southern Mississippi product.

“I try to improve at my craft every day, so yeah, it was good to see their looks and see their personnel and see what they enjoy doing and what not. But by the same token, I’m not really focused on them. I’m focused on me because if I’m at my best, that’s all I can do.”

While he is a new face on the Eskimos offensive line, which played together throughout the entire 2009 regular season, Parquet is no stranger to the position he’s being called upon to play Friday.

“I’ve played right tackle my whole life,” said the 28-year-old. “That right side has been my home since 1988.”

While a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jason Maas to Skyler Green with 11 seconds left sealed the preseason win for the Eskimos, the Lions came back in the rematch to soundly win the season-opener 25-10 at Commonwealth Stadium the last time they played.

And that one actually counted.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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