Esks bring in O-line reinforcements
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - It is beginning to look a lot like musical chairs on the Edmonton Eskimos offensive line.
A host of personnel switches and position swapping in the first seven weeks of the season can be attributed to an injury-plagued unit, but Tuesday’s release of starting left tackle Cliff Washburn was all about performance.
A pair of 300-pounders have been brought in to provide depth and help bolster the offensive line, which struggled through an extended road trip over the last two weeks.
The Eskimos added University of Nebraska product Chris Patrick Tuesday, to join Monday’s signing of Devin Tyler.
But head coach Kavis Reed isn’t heaping all of his offence’s struggles in one place.
“I really spent the last four days looking at our protection and looking at our run game and they’re not solely the reason why things are not going well,” Reed said. “Our running backs have to do a better job of helping with protection, we have to be more fundamentally sound in terms of our blocking scheme.
“There are things we have to do overall to help ourselves both as a running team and as a team protecting the quarterback.”