Esks' Howard makes an impact

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

EDMONTON - Kavis Reed isnt the type of guy that says: I told you so.

But when discussing the play of defensive lineman Marcus Howard, the Edmonton Eskimos head coach couldnt help himself.

I truly believe that young man can lead the league in sacks, said Reed. He got off the airplane as a prolific pass rusher, he acclimatized himself to this game very well, he adjusted his game very well and I expect great things from him if he stays injury free.

Howard, 25, had a pair of sacks in the Eskimos 38-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Friday. The University of Georgia product has a team-leading seven sacks despite only playing six games so far this year.

From Day 1, I just wanted to come and play football, said Howard. I expected to do well, thats why I came here for, we all expect to do well.

Howard was signed as a free agent by the Eskimos and brought in to help shore up the defensive line.

Howard was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 and was on Tennessee Titans practice roster before joining the Eskimos.

When Im out there Im having fun, Im just happy to be around the guys, thats the best part about it, Howard said. I love the coaching staff here, they just let me go out there and play.

Howard is just three sacks behind Winnipeg Blue Bomber defensive end Odell Willis for the league lead.

A native of Huger, South Carolina, Howard is still adjusting to some of the nuances of Canadian football. Hes not a fan of having to start a yard off the ball.

No, thats the worst thing ever, having to be a yard off the ball, Howard said. But, thats just something you have to get adjusted to and you just have to go out and play.

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