Esks going deep

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

EDMONTON - New faces, same result.

With injuries bringing some different starters on both offence and defence, Edmonton Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed got to test his team's depth last Saturday.

A 33-17 win over the B.C. Lions pushed them to 3-0.

"I'm very happy with the depth," Reed said. "I'm very happy that those people that were called on were ready, mentally and physically, to play football.

"That's what this game is about. With a limited roster, everybody has to be ready to play when your number is called."

One number included was offensive lineman Brian Ramsay's, who had been out with a knee injury since training camp and got his first start at right tackle.

"I think it's a testament to the preparation (coaches) have been giving us in getting us ready and as a group we've been working well together," said Ramsay, who bookended the O-line along with left tackle, Cliff Washburn, who started in place of Junius Coston after healing a broken ring finger.

"You go through camp and get a little banged up and see the guys working hard out there in practice and stuff and you want to be with them," Ramsay said. "I think every group wants (depth) and we've found we've got a lot of guys that can step in and get the job done."

Both offensively and defensively, where rookie nose tackles Ted Laurent and Almondo Sewell held the fort for an injured Etienne Legare, who is out with turf toe. And with inside linebacker Rod Davis shelved with a bad hamstring, former Calgary Stampeder Mike Cornell got his first CFL start.

"Going through camp, you're smashing your own guys," Ramsay said. "You don't get a ton of chances to go against another team, but it was nice to get out against (the Lions)."


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