Early indications show improvement on Eskimos offensive line, but coach, GM reserving judgment

Eskimos players are saying this year's O-line is bigger and more physical than last year's. (IAN...

Eskimos players are saying this year's O-line is bigger and more physical than last year's. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

EDMONTON - Is four days into training camp too early to be asking the most compelling question of them all, going into the Edmonton Eskimos 65th season?

The question:

Did they fix the offensive line?

A new head coach with a new philosophy, new staff and new players scattered around the lineup could improve this squad from last year’s sorry 4-14 season. But unless there’s dramatic improvement on the offensive line, new head coach Chris Jones isn’t going to enjoy his 13th consecutive season in the playoffs.

If there isn’t dramatic improvement on the offensive line there isn’t going to be improvement in quarterbacking, the running game and the pass game, much less reducing the time the defence spends on the field.

So Tuesday I went around asking the question.

“In my opinion, I think they are night and day from last year,” said defensive end Marcus Howard.

“It’s definitely harder to play against them. It’s night and day from last year. They had a hard-nose


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