Eskimos effective in limiting opponents' offence

Eskimos CB Patrick Watkins tackles Alouettes' Sean Whyte during Friday's game in Montreal. (Reuters)

Eskimos CB Patrick Watkins tackles Alouettes' Sean Whyte during Friday's game in Montreal. (Reuters)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:29 PM ET

GATINEAU, QUE. - As well as the Edmonton Eskimos offence is doing lately, the team’s identity this season has always been its defence.

It’s what gave them a jump out of the gates, allowing the offence to come along while contributing a large part of the team’s early 5-1 success.

But trying to put a name to the face of that defence, which is headed up by defensive-co-ordinator-turned-head-coach Chris Jones, is an entirely different matter.

A veteran student of the Chris Jones school of defence after spending the last two years in the system with the Toronto Argonauts, Eskimos cornerback Patrick Watkins even has trouble summing up what has become one of the stingiest defences in the CFL this season.

“Yeah, I know it pretty good,” said Watkins, who has earned CFL all-star status in both his previous seasons since coming to the CFL. “Coach Jones does have a pretty aggressive style of defence and it’s showing. It’s one of those things where we have to be consistent.”


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