Eskimos wrapping up camp

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

EDMONTON - For the Edmonton Eskimos, it was a tough 2 1/2 weeks, but now the real work begins.

On Wednesday, the team held its final training-camp practice.

Thursday players will go through a light walk-through in preparation for Friday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium.

Saturday, the Eskimos have to declare their roster.

“It’s over,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “It was a good experience for the guys, a good growth experience for us, I think the guys are prepared for the regular season now.”

There are still a few decisions to be made on the final 46-man roster and seven practice-squad spots.

Overall, Reed was happy with his team’s work ethic through training camp.

“I’m tremendously blessed that those guys responded to our coaching,” Reed said. “They did a tremendous job with the tempo. There was only really one day where we had to prod them. That’s a true credit to their resilience and a true credit to the coaches for having them prepared and them responding to the way to execute.”

Camp notes

Day 18

Who’s hot

Brandon James was all over the field on Wednesday. The rookie slotback was the favoured target for the Eskimos quarterback during practice, pulling in everything that was thrown in his direction.

Who’s not

Adarius Bowman struggled holding on to the ball, dropping a couple of passes on Wednesday. The lanky receiver stayed behind to get tips from Ed Hervey on how to keep himself compact, not allowing defensive backs to swat at his arms.

Big play

Marcus Henry displayed his leaping abilities, going up and pulling in a ball over a pair of defensive backs in the corner of the end zone.

Whitlock questionable

Arkee Whitlock is expected to be the Eskimos starting running back this season, however, he’s doubtful for the team’s final preseason game on Friday. Whitlock is trying to recover from a hamstring injury and did not take part in practice on Wednesday. If he can’t play against the Calgary Stampeders on Friday, expect Calvin McCarty, Daniel Porter and newcomer Jerome Messam to share the workload in the backfield. Whitlock does expect to be ready for the team’s regular-season opener in Saskatchewan on July 3.

Injuries

FB Samuel Fournier (shoulder), OL Gord Hinse (thumb), SB Brad Smith (ankle), DL Julius Williams (elbow), Cliff Washburn (undisclosed), DB David Pittman (back spasms), OL Brian Ramsay (finger), RB Arkee Whitlock (hamstring).

Next up

Pre-game walk through 9:45 – 11:20 a.m. Commonwealth Stadium Fieldhouse.


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