Eskimos have QB options

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

Ricky Ray, Jason Maas or Jared Zabransky?

That's the question the Edmonton Eskimos were asking themselves in practice this week: who will be the starting quarterback Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders?

"There was a big question mark there, so they all got plenty of reps as far as the package they are in as well as the overall package of our offence," coach Richie Hall said. "You'd definitely like to know sometime (Friday) whoever is going to be that starting quarterback, so from a psychological and mental aspect as far as preparing themselves."

If Ray isn't able to go due to an injured sternum, Hall did not share with reporters who would start in his place.

"He felt a lot better (Thursday) than he did (Wednesday)," said Hall. "There was a little bit of soreness, not a lot of soreness. Everything's looking real positive.

"The players know their body. He also understands, the kind of person Ricky is, not being a selfish player, as far as if it's going to hurt the team, then he removes himself," said Hall. "If that's how he feels, then that's a great indicator for our football team."

If not, the Eskimos could take the opportunity to hand the reins to Zabransky for the first time.

"Any time a player hasn't had a lot of snaps, you're always curious of getting an opportunity to see him play," said Hall. "But at the same time, you never know when that opportunity is going to present itself.

"I think he feels very comfortable in the offence, in the package that they have for him. He's a very confident young man. The thing that he lacks is experience, and any time you have inexperience, they're going to make plays and there are plays they're going to learn from.

"That's what happened against Calgary, but at the same time, he's a better quarterback today than he was two weeks ago just because of being under the gun and getting a chance to play."


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