EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are left with a handful of arms.
Eric Ward was the first quarterback to bite the dust, receiving his walking papers prior to veteran medicals on Saturday.
The third-string pivot and place-kick holder in his rookie CFL season in 2011, Ward failed to impress coaches in either last month’s mini-camp or the three-day rookie/QB camp that wrapped up on Friday.
“We didn’t feel his accuracy, his velocity or his mechanics were there,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “We asked him to do some things going back, hoping that he would come back more technically sound. We were cheering for the kid, it just didn’t work out.”
Ward won an NCAA Div. 1 FCS championship with the Richmond Spiders in 2008.
That leaves Steven Jyles, Kerry Joseph, Matt Nichols, Jeremiah Masoli and the freshly inked Brandon Summers battling over what will likely be four quarterback slots somewhere on the roster.
Also released on Saturday were defensive back Jimmie Anderson and defensive lineman Steven Friday, who is dealing with a foot fracture.
CLEAN BILL: No players were released following Saturday’s medical session, where they were put through the paces in everything from an eye exam to the vertical-jump test.
“Right now, medically, we feel we have a situation where we feel that all of the guys are ready to go,” Reed said. “There probably won’t be any decisions made based on that.”