DB Bradley drops in on Esks

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 PM ET

EDMONTON - It sounds like a dream scenario: miss out on training camp and come back just in time for the season-opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

But it played out more like a nightmare for veteran defensive back Jykine Bradley, who practised for the first time with his new team, the Edmonton Eskimos, on Wednesday.

“I just got in (Tuesday) night, got off the plane, but I’m ready to go,” said the five-foot-11, 175-pound import out of Middle Tennessee State, who got in with the first-team defence Wednesday at Commonwealth Stadium. “They’re throwing me in there. I’m getting to know the defence.”

Even if he isn’t prepared in time for Sunday’s game in Regina, the Eskimos have added some experience to their secondary depth.

“He’s an experienced guy that has played a lot of games in the CFL, which gives us an opportunity to have another veteran presence back there instead of having another rookie,” said head coach Kavis Reed.

Released prior to training camp, Bradley found himself without a team for the first time since spending six seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-cats.

“It was a tough situation. I got released so late in (year) that rosters were filled,” said Bradley, who trained in Cleveland in the off-season before returning to Hamilton. “I had to pretty much play the waiting game until something opened up.

“They just pretty much said they wanted to go a different way. You know how the business is, so you’ve got to respect that. They did it in a respectable way.”

Coming to Edmonton, Bradley has been rejoined with former Ticats teammates Chris Thompson, Jermaine Reed, Brian Ramsay and Chris Bauman.

But it still would have been better going through training camp with them.

“As much as we say we hate training camp, you’ve still got to respect it because it gets you mentally prepared and it gets you ready,” Bradley said. “It’s tough, but you’ve got to go through it.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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