Hand-y man joins Eskimos offence

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 AM ET

EDMONTON - He runs like greased lightning.

Make that Grice lightning.

The Edmonton Eskimos added kick-returning receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen Tuesday, killing two birds with one signing that addresses a receiving corps devastated by injury and a return game that has been nearly non-existent all season.

But his hands are what caught the Eskimos’ eye.

“Strictly receiving, no returning,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “He’s a polished receiver, a very competitive guy, having knowledge of (offensive co-ordinator) Marcus (Crandell’s) system, having been in Saskatchewan last year.

“And a great character guy.”

Not to mention his feet.

“Oh, yes. He’s fast, as you saw on a couple of the deep balls that he was able to track down and also get some separation from the defensive backs,” said Reed.

Grice-Mullen is going to need every one of his tools when he is thrown into Friday’s game against B.C.

He was a late addition to the Roughriders roster last year before being released in the off-season.

“It helps me tremendously even though I got there late last year,” Grice-Mullen said of working in Crandell’s system. “Everything is the same, exact same formations, so it’s pretty much the same offence.”

Grice-Mullen looked at going the UFL route in the off-season, but ran into a wall with complications from the NFL lockout — leaving room for a return to the CFL.

“It’s not like I thought I would, but I didn’t close my doors to pretty much anything,” Grice-Mullen said. “And I’m happy I’m here now.

“It’s so funny, I actually watched this team a little bit since the season started and I like the way they play, I like the team atmosphere and everybody’s been cool in the locker-room. I’m just happy for the opportunity here.

“I’m just here to help this team get to the Grey Cup.”

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