Esks' fieldhouse of dreams
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos did not hesitate to make use of their new fieldhouse on Tuesday.
The rain forced the club indoors, where they held both of their practice sessions for the first time since training camp started.
“The city of Edmonton and this club has done wonders in terms of giving us this facility,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “It will be the difference in our season and the success we’ll enjoy is because we get the opportunity to continue with our installations.
“If we did not have this facility, it would have been very difficult for us to go outside. It also increases the risks of injuries when you’re in inclement weather. This facility has been a Godsend already and we hope to utilize it throughout the season.”
Kerry Joseph looks as though he’s starting to shake some of the rust off. The veteran quarterback had a lot of zip on his passes in Tuesday’s second session.
It seemed as though no one was sure what you were going to get out of quarterback Eric Ward from one pass to the next on Tuesday. The pivot was inconsistent, particularly in the second session when one good throw would be followed by a bad one.
Brandon James got in behind the defence and hauled in an Eric Ward pass for a touchdown, making it look easy in the process.
Ray a no go
Quarterback Ricky Ray will not play Friday in Regina in the Eskimos first exhibition game of the season. Head coach Kavis Reed said the other four quarterbacks in camp, including Canadian Marc Mueller, would share the snaps against the Roughriders.
The Eskimos moved practice indoors on Wednesday, making use of the new Commonwealth Fieldhouse. The new facility features a 40-yard field, which provided plenty of room for the club to run drills.
In and out
The Eskimos released LB Rory Malone on Wednesday. FB Mathieu Bertrand took part in some light drills after returning to practice on Monday. WR Taye Biddle was also back after sitting out with migraines. OL Gordon Hinse (thumb), SB Brad Smith (ankle) and FB Samuel Fournier (shoulder) are out injured.
One session, 9 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Clarke Park