Charles welcomes Boyd to Eskimos
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
|Edmonton's Hugh Charles is pursued by Saskatchewan's Brent Hawkins during the Edmonton Eskimos' CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Friday, August 10, 2012. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - As he watched the mob of media men descend on his locker after Monday afternoon’s workout, Eskimos running back Hugh Charles had three words to say: “Bring it on.”
That about sums up Charles’s attitude to the news the team is bringing in star running back Cory Boyd.
“It leaves me here in the same spot — I’m not getting traded, I’m not going anywhere,” said Charles. “I think it’s good that we’re adding another guy like Cory Boyd because our depth at running back is really slim. We’ve got guys going down every week and we need that depth.”
Charles and Boyd are not that far apart in their yardage production and the addition of Boyd should take some of the load off Charles’s shoulders.
“I think it’s going to be good for the both of us to take hits off our bodies throughout the whole season, because it’s a long season,” said Charles. “This is a franchise with a manager (Eric Tillman) that knows what they’re doing.
“The more the merrier, I’d say.”
Like most of the other players in the Eskimos locker room, Charles was surprised when Boyd became available and the team got him for not much more than a song and a dance.
“I was super surprised,” said Charles. “I found out through one of the DB’s in the locker room. I didn’t think anything of it, but I knew we needed some depth at running back.
“Everything happens for a reason and, hopefully, this is a good fit for Boyd coming in here.”
Doing a rough calculation, there is one import spot available and Charles would be more than happy to have a running mate.
“We need it and I’m sure the coaches will find a way to work him into the rotation. There’s may ways in this offence we can be utilized.”