Jared Zabransky wants to develop into a starting quarterback.
This season, the Edmonton Eskimos backup took strides in that direction by helping lead the late-season surge.
Heading into his option year with the club, he’s uncertain of the role the Eskimos will ask him to play moving forward.
“I really enjoy this organization and this city and it was nice to get on the field and play and show what I can do,” Zabransky said as he cleaned out his locker Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium. “I think I’ve done some things here to prove that I can play in this league. But a lot of that stuff is out of my hands. A lot of the stuff that is going to be happening this off-season will be between my agent and the organization. I’d love to be here next year.”
Having failed to make the playoffs this season, the entire organization will be re-evaluated heading towards next year.
Zabransky’s decision to return may hinge on the team’s plans with starting quarterback Ricky Ray.
“That’s hard to answer,” Zabransky said. “I think some things have changed in the past few weeks. As of right now, he’s the No. 1 and I’m the No. 2.
“I ultimately want to be a starter as fast as I can in this league and I hope that’s through the avenue of Eskimos.”
Zabransky came a long way in his second season and did enough to help keep his team’s playoff hopes alive when taking over for the injured Ray.
“I think I developed quite a bit as far as seeing and knowing this game,” he said. “This is a very different game than football in the States. To play that game for 15 years and then being entrenched in something totally different, even though it’s still football, there’s a big learning curve.
“I think I was able to grasp some of that this year and I got more comfortable with it. But I know there’s some growing room there, but I think I learned quite a bit as well, especially in the two starts that I had. They were quite big learning experiences for me and were very valuable.”