Messam has work cut out for him
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Edmonton Eskimos running back Jerome Messam speaks with the media in the team's dressing room at Commonwealth Stadium. (QMI Agency)
If or when Jerome Messam returns to the Edmonton Eskimos, there will be a period of adjustment before he regains his last-season form that saw him become the first Canadian in 11 years to rush for 1,000 yards.
If he is able to return at all.
Former Eskimos linebacker Mark Restelli was also a late NFL preseason cut by the same Miami Dolphins, who released Messam on Saturday.
Restelli returned to Edmonton last season, only to find his linebacking position filled by Damasco Muno.
Restelli ended up sitting out the rest of the 2011 campaign and today is no longer in the CFL.
Even future Hall-of-Famer Ricky Ray found it took some time to return from a stint in the NFL after spending 2004 on the New York Jets practice squad.
“I noticed a big difference in the way defences were playing from that year that I left,” said Ray, who went on to win his second Grey Cup with the Eskimos the following season.
But the adjustment wasn’t exactly easy.
“My first couple years in league, the defences were pretty vanilla and offensively during those few years, the personnel we had in Edmonton was pretty good so we kind of had our way with a lot of teams,” Ray said.
“But coming back, there was a lot of different stuff defences were doing and they’ve become more complicated the last five or six years.
“It was a big transition for me coming back and you could see the ups and downs that we went through.”