February 7, 2013
Former backup Mike Reilly ready to compete for Edmonton Eskimos starting pivot role
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

Mike Reilly wore the Edmonton Eskimos jersey for the first time at Commonwealth Stadium on Wednesday. (David Bloom, Edmonton Sun)

On Wednesday, the Edmonton Eskimos got a look at freshly signed quarterback Mike Reilly as he donned a green and gold No. 13 jersey at Commonwealth Stadium.

The last time they saw him, however, Reilly was leading the B.C. Lions to a 39-19 victory against them in October, making his first CFL start in place of an injured Travis Lulay.

“Today is about looking ahead, not living in the past,” said Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey. “This is for an opportunity to compete for a chance to play.”

Which is the same thing the club is saying to all their quarterbacks headed into training camp June 2.

A three-year backup during his time in Vancouver, Reilly made the most of that chance last fall by completing 19 of 28 passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

But it was the interception that came first, ending the Lions’ opening series when Eskimos linebacker and the CFL’s most outstanding defensive player in 2012 picked him off at B.C.’s eight yard



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