Long-snapper gets chance to let game do talking

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

Usually when you ask to speak with the long snapper and it’s not after he sailed a snap over the punter’s head in the previous game, he comes running.

Long snappers don’t get a lot of ink or air time.

So for perhaps the first time in world history, a long snapper refused an interview request on Thursday. Winnipeg’s Taylor Inglis, who is facing his former team on Saturday, doesn’t want to talk about them.

The Edmonton Eskimos cut Inglis in June after five seasons, and apparently the wound runs deep.

The man who receives the snaps from Inglis, punter Mike Renaud, said he was jacked to go back to Calgary last year, and he spent only three weeks with the Stamps before they traded him to Winnipeg.

“I had this vendetta to play better than I ever have before in spite of them, just to show them they gave up a good thing,” Renaud said.

“He’s maybe feeling that same thing. Edmonton released him, and he got picked up by us, and it’s fortunate for him that he still has a job here. I think that he’s got all this bottled up anxiety and a little bit of, maybe, anger towards Edmonton.”

The Eskimos decided to replace Inglis with Tim St. Pierre, a younger and no doubt cheaper option. They also feel they now have someone who can cover a little better than Inglis.

You can bet that Inglis will be out to prove them wrong on Saturday at the Stadium.

“Maybe he doesn’t want to go on the record and say anything to give them some fire, too,” Renaud said. “

He’s probably doing the best thing. Just from playing with him for two weeks now, he’s got a lot of fire. On the sidelines he’s really into the games and a very emotional kind of guy. He lets it out.

“So I’m kinda anxious to see how it’s going to play out on Saturday.”

READY TO ROLL: The fan base might be a little nervous, but head coach Paul LaPolice liked what he saw from starting quarterback Steven Jyles in practice this week.

“We brought him here because we think he has abilities,” LaPolice said. “Now he gets a chance to show us his abilities. He’s had a good week of practice, and he gets a great opportunity. We’re excited, and I know he’s prepared very well.”

LATE HITS: Alex Suber might not be returning to Winnipeg’s starting lineup after all. Despite practising on Wednesday, the defensive back watched Thursday’s workout due to his sore hamstring. Head coach Paul LaPolice said a decision will be made Friday … Left guard Brendon LaBatte watched most of practice before taking a few reps at the end of the workout. LaPolice said they were “being cautious” with LaBatte, who would be replaced by Luke Fritz if he can’t go … Ian Logan (hamstring) didn’t practise for the third straight day, so he won’t play … The Eskimos placed slotback Kamau Peterson on the nine-game injured list Thursday. The former Bomber has a slight Achilles tendon tear.


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