Eskimos: Thiel the deal

Fullback Peter Thiel speaks to the Edmonton Sun during Edmonton Eskimos training camp in Edmonton...

Fullback Peter Thiel speaks to the Edmonton Sun during Edmonton Eskimos training camp in Edmonton on Thursday, June 7, 2012. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are looking to seal the deal on a new starting fullback.

Make that Thiel the deal.

Peter Thiel will be making his inaugural CFL start at the position vacated by veteran Mathieu Bertrand, the longest-serving Eskimo who saw his ninth season cut in half after being placed on the nine-game injured list.

The Eskimos plugged the hole last week with import Evan Harrington, who was subsequently released over the bye week, and are going with the more ratio-friendly Thiel against his hometown Saskatchwan Roughriders on Friday.

The Regina-born, University of Saskatchewan product was signed by the Roughriders last season as an undrafted free agent before joining the Eskimos and switching from linebacker to fullback in training camp.

“We've done a very good job of modifying the package that Peter will be a part of,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “Peter is a very intelligent young man in both football and in life.

“He works very hard, he is in study and he is working extra with coach Mac (Bill MacDermott) so I think that he will be able to grasp what we're asking him to do.”

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