EDMONTON - Ricky Ray is not a guy who cares much for the sidelines.
So despite it only being a preseason game, the Edmonton Eskimos quarterback would have liked to have taken some snaps on Friday in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Regardless, it appears as though he’ll take as many as he needs to shake the rust off this Friday, at home, against the Calgary Stampeders.
“Once that game was over and you see that everybody has gotten a game under their belt, and you don’t, then you wished you had played,” said Ray. “Going into this game, I’m going to be trying to get my rust off, where everybody else is trying to get into a rhythm.”
Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed did not want to risk Ray in the first exhibition game, when often blocking assignments are still trying to be figured out.
However, Reed is willing to give Ray as much time as the quarterback feels he needs to get comfortable.
“I need to get some reps, this is a new offensive system for myself, so I need to get out there and play,” Ray said. “I don’t know what it’s going to be. Usually it’s at least a half. We’ll see what the coaches want to do.”
Offence is starting to find its stride. During passing drills, the receivers exposed some gaping holes in the defensive secondary.
Defensive back Wopamo Osaisai did well to step in front of a Matt Nichols pass, but he couldn't hold on to the football, which in a game, could have been taken back for a touchdown.
Avoiding bad habits
Tyler Scott upset head coach Kavis Reed by not running a pattern all out. After yelling at Scott, Reed threw the ball down the field and told the fourth-year receiver to hustle and go get it, which he promptly did.
"There is a certain level of expectations that we have to have for ourselves," said Reed. "One of the byproducts of having an evening practice (Monday) night is I wanted to see how guys responded when they were physically tired. If you can't do the little things now in training camp, it's going to manifest itself during the regular season. That's when bad habits become contagious and I'm trying to avoid that."
Kerry Joseph hit Jason Barns over the top, getting in behind Osaisai on the play for the biggest gain of the day.
FB Samuel Fournier (shoulder), OL Gord Hinse (thumb), OL Scott Mitchell (knee), SB Brad Smith (leg), DL Julius Williams (elbow), RB Arkee Whitlock (hamstring), OL Brian Ramsay (finger), DB David Pittman (back spasms), OL Cliff Washburn (undisclosed).
Practice, 9 a.m. 1/3 10:45 a.m. Clarke Park