Veterans fill out Esks secondary corps

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

 High five for the Eskimos defence.

The club officially announced the signing of defensive back Lenny Walls, who rejoins Chris Thompson, Weldon Brown and Rod Williams as the only players on the roster to have started in the secondary last year.

Include veteran LB T.J. Hill, who has been moved back to safety, and the team can now claim the ability to start returning veterans in each of the five secondary positions.

“Lenny Walls is a very good athlete that is going to provide a lot of leadership for our secondary and hopefully accelerate the growth of our young defence,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “He has a purpose, two-fold, in terms of going in and contributing as a player and one of those natural leaders that we need.”

Walls didn’t get much of a chance to do either in his first year with the Eskimos in 2010, when an ankle injury ended his season five games in.

“His slate is clean. It’s not fair as a coaching staff if we held an injury against a player,” said Reed. “Lenny Walls is proven, based on the fact that he’s been an all-star performer, that he deserves an opportunity with this coaching staff.”

Walls was among the last group cut heading into training camp in the off-season.

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