Esks' play just Peach-y

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

EDMONTON - Players like Greg Peach don’t exactly grow on trees.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive end has been a welcome addition to the lineup after missing the first half of the season with an ankle injury.

But it was his heart that has brought him back into the forefront of head coach Richie Hall’s mind after coming up with four tackles, a sack and a rare block on a point-after attempt in just his second game back, a 24-6 victory over the Toronto Argonauts last Sunday.

“Greg Peach,” Hall responded, when asked who stood out on the D-line. “Dario (Romero) is always solid. Dario’s always Dario. I think they all played well, but I think the ones that come to mind are Greg Peach and Dario.

“Greg has taken the year of experience (as a rookie in 2009) and he’s fresh and he’s hungry because he’s missed half of the season because of an injury. He’s played real well in the first game he was back and then he really stood out in the second game. He was just a real presence as far as putting pressure on the quarterback.”

CFL rookies Kenneth Pettway and Larry Birdine have stepped up to fill the void in Peach’s absence, while Romero also missed some time with an ankle injury.

“Dario went down and Peach went down and we had to put some young guys in there who weren’t accustomed to the CFL and they kind of had to get caught up and it took a while,” said Eskimos D-line coach Mike Walker. “That’s where we struggled a couple of games and hopefully at this point if it happens again we’ll be ready.

“What Peach adds for us is a pass rusher who gets to the quarterback. He’s got that relentless attitude to get back there and that’s what we’ve kind of been missing.

“He adds a whole new different dimension to our D-line along with Dario, Kai (Ellis) and (Adam) Braidwood.”


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