Porter back in harness for Esks
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Daniel Porter grapples with Delroy Clarke during Edmonton Eskimos practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - There is more than one pony in the Edmonton Eskimos’ stable.
After the other running backs were harnessed at the starting line in last week’s loss to the Montreal Alouettes, Daniel Porter is being saddled up in preparation for Friday’s game against the visiting B.C. Lions.
His counterparts, Calvin McCarty and Jerome Messam, combined to give up more ground than they gained their last time out, Porter wasn’t called upon to carry the ball at all and his only stat was one catch for three yards.
Otherwise, he had to sit and watch as the ground game couldn’t take off.
“It was kind of tough,” said Porter, who finished last season with four consecutive 100-yard rushing performances. “But it was the game scheme, the coaches made the decision so I have to go with the flow.
“At the same time, I’m trying to cheer my team on and wish for the best.”
The best they could do last Thursday was minus-one rushing yard.
“It’s a team effort,” Porter said. “If one guy misses a block that affects us. So we’ve got to come on one card and go from there. We’ve got to be a unit.”
It was the first time since last Labour Day the Eskimos were kept out of the end zone.
“When we watched the film, that wasn’t like how we run offence,” Porter said. “So we look back on it now and try to come back here and try to get stronger for this game.
“We’ll go back this week and try to get some rushing yards again.”
Like they did the last time they played the Lions, with seven Eskimos combining for 142 rushing yards on the way to a 33-17 win in Week 3.
Porter had nine carries for 22 yards on the way to punching in a touchdown.
And he’s hoping to be a factor again this week.
“I’m expecting more, but only time will tell,” Porter said. “I’m real hungry. When I get my opportunity to go back out there, I’m going to show off.”