Dalton gets shot to strut his stuff

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Antico Dalton can definitely drop names.

Tom Brady - a teammate with the New England Patriots a few years ago.

Randall Cunningham - quarterback with Minnesota when Dalton was with the Vikings.

Randy Moss - another teammate in Minnesota.

"He was a family guy," said Dalton of Moss. "A good guy in the locker room."

After spending four years (1999-2002) with three NFL organizations, Dalton is now hoping to make a name for himself in the Eskimo locker room.

HEAD-TURNING PLAYS

In his first season in the CFL, Dalton gets a chance to make some head-turning plays on the defensive line tomorrow night against B.C.

He has been put on the roster replacing injured defensive end Rashad Jeanty.

"He is what we call our Work Warrior," said all-star rush end Joe Montford, referring to Dalton's impressive work ethic.

"I have been in a lot of situations where you get a young guy that doesn't listen to guys that have been around.

"Antico is one of those guys that does listen. He is absorbing a guy that has been in the league so long, like myself, and using (the information) to his advantage."

The 30-year-old North Carolina product has been bounced in and out of the line up.

He made several plays in Hamilton in late September, scoring relatively good grades on a bad night for the Eskimo defence.

He had four tackles and five hits - more than anyone else on the line - that night.

Dalton was a healthy scratch in the last game - but at least he's healthy.

He lost his shot in the NFL in 2002 when he suffered a head injury.

"I had a couple of concussions back-to-back and after that it got cold for me," said Dalton, who suffered the concussions in one month in NFL Europe.

"There wasn't a lot of interest (after the injuries)."

GRABBED THE CHANCE

After missing two seasons, with no team willing to take a chance on him, Eskimo GM Paul Jones found Dalton this winter - and he pounced on the opportunity, hoping to re-start his career.

LATE HITS: Like Jeanty, Cedric Scott will miss tomorrow's game with a leg injury. Charles Alston replaces Scott, who patrols the middle of the defensive line. The injuries mean Edmonton is missing half of the starting D-line, but that area has been used to a revolving door in the second half of the year.


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