Eskimos healthy after Als tilt
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
|Other than a mild sprain to Steven Jyles's toe in the second half, the Eskimos came out of Friday's game against the Montreal Alouettes without any major injuries. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - One of the few positives for the Edmonton Eskimos coming out of Friday’s game against the Montreal Alouettes is that the team is relatively healthy.
Apart from the typical bumps and bruises, the Eskimos came away from the contest without suffering any major injuries.
“We came out pretty good,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “I think the biggest bruise that we have is our ego.”
Receiver Fred Stamps took Monday’s practice off recovering from general soreness, while quarterback Steven Jyles was on the field after injuring his toe in the 38-25 loss to the Alouettes.
“The toe is good,” Jyles said. “I sprained it late in the game, in the fourth quarter, but it’s fine.”
Running back Cory Boyd made his Eskimos debut Friday, but having just one full practice with the team, he was never going to feature big in the offensive game plan.
And when the Eskimos fell behind 28-0 early, the team was forced to all but abandon the running game.
“We did not get a chance to see him with the ball in his hands the five to 10 times that we wanted,” Reed said. “We got two carries for him, one in short-yardage situation. We got an answer there, in short-yardage situation he’s a guy that can gets his shoulders squared to the line right away and can get those two or three tough yards.”
Boyd finished the game with two carries for two yards, having lost yards on his first rushing attempt, then picking up a positive gain in his second.
He’s expected to feature more prominently against his former club, the Toronto Argonauts, next Monday with a full week of practice behind him.
If Matt Nichols is the future of the Eskimos quarterback position, it does not appear that future is coming anytime soon.
Nichols has yet to take a snap from centre this season and was stapled to the bench Friday despite the game being seemingly out of reach.
The Eastern Washington product might be the most talked about third-string quarterback in the league as Reed is constantly asked about his lack of playing time.
“I know I’ll probably be asked that question again throughout the season,” Reed said. “For us, we’re doing what’s right for the Edmonton Eskimos. The quarterback and the goalie are always going to be a hot topic in a Canadian city.
“But we’re 4-3, we’re in second place in the West. We’re right now on target to win more games than we’re going to lose. We’re not going to abandon what we believe in. If we do that, we’re conceding the season. Matt is being prepared in the right way in my estimation and we’re going to make certain we continue to groom him the right way. That is to make sure he sees the game, let the game slow down for him and when we get a chance to play him, we’ll play him.”