Esks' Alexander knows all about A.C.

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

MONTREAL - Don't let Donovan Alexander's title fool you.

The Edmonton Eskimos safety knows there is nothing safe about facing quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

The Montreal Alouettes quarterback has climbed to the top of the passing charts this season, which is exactly why the 38-year-old is on pace to become the all-time passing leader sometime this year.

Just not this week.

“It's been a really good 18-year career for him,” said Alexander, who picked up a thing or two while sharing his rookie season with Calvillo in Montreal in 2008. “When I was there, I saw behind the scenes. He was the first one in there, last one to leave. He's got a great rapport with his head coach and his receivers.

“it just seems like he's got the perfect timing and gets the ball where he wants to get it.”

Calvillo's' league-leading 1,834 passing yards puts him on pace for a 5,500-yard season, which is a nightmare for opposing safeties who represent the last line of defence.

“You just have to be disciplined,” Alexander said. “As a safety, you can get frustrated because they're going to complete a lot of short passes and you feel like you want to come up and make a play on them.

“But that's when he's going to burn you deep for a big play down the sidelines or down the middle.”

Eskimos defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler knows the drill all too well.

“We have a lot of history with Rich Stubler, he was in Toronto for many years,” said Calvillo. “I was surprised when I watched them, I was anticipating a lot more zone coverage, but they were mixing it up.

“They're good. They're young and they're playing well as a group right now. It's never easy when you go into these games.”

MISSION POSSIBLE: Alexander donated 10 tickets to last week's game to those less fortunate at Winnipeg's Siloam Mission.

“It's basically a homeless shelter in the downtown Winnipeg area,” said Alexander, who was born and raised in Winnipeg and ran a charity basketball tournament there in the off-season. “I have done some work with them in the past and just thought there were a lot of extra tickets – every (Eskimos player) gets two tickets to the game – there's a lot of unused tickets and I thought they could use them a lot more.

“I feel really sorry for the homeless people of Winnipeg, the winters are unbearable. So I've always got a soft spot in my heart for them.”

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