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Training camp depth charts morph allowing players to take on different positions for assessment needs. Having stated that they are useful in framing what key camp battles will occur in the Esks 2018 training camp. The battles to watch are as follows:

  • Right Tackle - Kevin Palmer 6' 4" 290 pounds played 11 games with the B.C. Lions, Tom Draheim 6' 4" 300 pounds has 15 games between the B.C. Lions and Ottawa Redblacks and Andrew Peterson 6' 6" 300 pound raw rookie out of Southern Mississippi. Chauncey Briggs a 6' 6" 301 raw rookie out of SMU is also in the mix, but is getting reps at LT.
  • Receiver (Both WR's + BSB) - Derel Walker will be the Rover Slotback and the focus of the offense, that is obvious. So is Nate Behar being the National Slotback starter. That leaves 3 starter and 2 back spots for 10 international receivers to fill or stated another way 5 receivers will be cut at some point before camp ends.
  • Boundary Corner - Johnny Adams 5' 11" 190 pounds 4.43/40 is the incumbent on this island, but he is joined by Buddy Jackson 6' 1" 190 pounds 4.27/40 and raw rookie Jalen Spencer 6' 0" 185 pounder out of West Florida. Jackson has 32 games in the CFL with Calgary, Saskatchewan and B.C. Adams has 42 games of experience with Winnipeg, Hamilton and Edmonton. Give the advantage to Adams having been in the Esks system, but Jackson has size and speed on his side. Spencer is far more aggressive than both Adams and Jackson.
  • Sam LB or Nickel DB - Chris Edwards 6' 2" 217 pounds second year Eskimo, pro football veteran Ahmad Dixon 6' 0" 210 pounds, raw rookie Money Hunter 6' 1" 193 pounder  from Arkansas State and raw rookie Nicholas Taylor 5' 10 165 pound from Florida International will all battle for this spot.
  • Field DB - Buddy Jackson 6' 1" 190 pounds 4.27/40, Forrest Hightower 5' 10" 186 pound 4.58 / 40, Ahmad Dixon 6' 0" 210 pounds 4.48/40 and Alex Grey 6' 3" 225 pounder. All of the candidates here have pro experience with Grey having the least.

brianjoxx

Any Word on Dexter McCoil.     Would be nice addition

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Dex McCoil was release by the 49'ers and cleared waiver on April 30th after suffering a broken foot while training. I doubt he will be ready to play until June and even then I suspect he will try to get another NFL gig. If he returns to the CFL it most likely will not be until August or September much like Grymes and Walker once their options with the NFL were exhausted.

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It is no secret that Head Coach Jason Maas has always wanted a big fullback who was a good receiver to play a hybrid Fullback / Tight End role. A big body blocker who could release and catch the ball.

In 2018 the Esks have six FB's under contract, but will only only have two active on the 46-man roster. At 27 Pascal Lochard is ready to take over as the rushing fullback and Alexandre Dupuis is the the big body tight end type, but the injury to special teams high performer James Tuck leaves a gap that hard charging Tanner Green will eventually fill.

Best guess at how the fullback position rolls out for the Esks:
 
Active Roster
34 Lochard, Pascal      FB           N             6'0          215         27           Laval
44 Dupuis, Alexandre  FB           N             6'3          243         28           Montreal

Practice Roster
85 Green, Tanner    FB/LS          N             6'3          235         25           Concordia

6-Game Injury List
49 Tuck, James            FB           N           6'0           230         27           York

Release / Retirement
31 McCarty, Calvin         FB           N             5'10        215         33  Western Washington
37 Normand, Christophe FB           N             6'2          238         26           Laval University

Normand could replace Dupuis and in fact the camp battle is really close, but Dupuis has the size and is in the mould that Maas wants.

Calvin McCarty has been a great Eskimo and there has simply been no better and loyal a player to the franchise. However, it is fairly clear the Esks are getting younger across the entire roster. Maybe McCarty doesn't move on, but all indications are this is most likely the last year for McCarty as an Eskie player.

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Active Roster
2            Gable, C.J.                RB     I      6'0       219     30     USC
22          Robinson, Jordan  RB/KR  I      5'11     185     23     Sacramento State
32          Taylor, Alex            RB/SB  N     5'10     207     22     Western

Practice Roster
25          Cooper, Shaquille    RB     I      5'10     190     25     Fort Hays State
73          Zerr, Blair                  RB     N     6'0       205     25     Humboldt State

Release / Retirement
77          Amoah, Chris            RB     N     5'6       206     23     Laval

Zerr gets the nod over Amoah simply because Amoah is a UDFA and Zerr is not meaning the Esks saw enough in Zerr to draft him.

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Active Roster

Active Starters
87      Walker, Derel       WR    I         6'2     188    26      Texas A&M
81      Williams, Duke     SB     I         6'3     225    25      Auburn
15      Hazelton, Vidal     SB     I         6'3     212    30      Cincinnati
11      Behar, Nate          SB     N       5'11   204    23      Carleton
8        Stafford, Kenny    WR    I         6'3     204    28      Toledo

Active Backups
80      Mitchell, Bryant    WR    I         6'2     198    25      Northwestern State

1 Game Injury List
84     Criner, Juron          SB    I     6'3     220   28   Arizona

Practice Roster
72      Shuler, Miles   SB/KR    I         5'10   175    24      Northwestern
71      Lucas, Keevan     WR    I         5'10   194    23      Tulsa

Release / Retirement
18      Hill, Shaq         SB/KR   I         5'10   180    25      EWU
4        Smith, Jamill    SB/KR   I         5'6     155    27      Ball State
30      Luper, Je'Mari      WR    I         5'8     163    23      Central Oklahoma
83      Gibson, Torrance     WR         I         6'5     225    22      Mississippi Gulf Coast
3        Adjei, Natey         SB     N       5'11   193    28      Buffalo
88      MacDonell, Scott  WR    N       6'5     220    27      Queen's
86      Aprile, Giovanni   WR    N       6'2     223    28      Queen's (Can)
82      Berryman, Peter   WR    N       6'3     221    22      Auburn
89      McMaster, Harry  WR    N       6'2     176    23      Western

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Active Roster

   Active Starters
67 Kelly, Colin                LT     I         6'5     298    28      Oregon State
57 Beard, David             LG     N       6'5     327    25      Alberta
60 Sorensen, Justin       C       N       6'8     311    31      South Carolina
66 O'Donnell, Matthew  RG    N       6'11   350    29      Queen's (Can)
69 Palmer, Kelvin           RT     I         6'4     290    27      Baylor

   Active Backups
58 Briggs, Chauncey     OT     I         6'6     301    23      SMU
63 Woods, Mason         OG    N       6'9     324    23      Idaho
55 Ruby, Jacob         OG/C     N       6'7     315    25      Richmond

1 Game Injury List
68 Roy, Jean-Simon      C       N       6'3     295    24      Laval

Practice Roster
59 Krahn, Curtis   OG    N       6'3     290    25      University of Calgary

Release / Retirement
62 Asare, Kwabena       OL     N       6'8     270    26      Carleton
64 Draheim, Tommie     OL     I         6'4     300    29      San Diego State
61 Peterson, Andrew     OL     I         6'6     300    25      Southern Mississippi

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Active Roster
 
Active Starters
13 Reilly, Mike     QB    I         6'3     230    33      Central Washington

Active Backups
5 Glenn, Kevin     QB    I         5'10   203    38      Illinois State
14 Kline, Zach      QB    I         6'2     220    24      Fresno State

Release / Retirement
9 O'Brien, Danny  QB    I         6'3     220    27      Catawba

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Active Roster

Active Starters
93      Boateng, Kwaku   DE     N       6'0     250    23 Wilfrid Laurier
90      Sewell, Almondo  DT     I         6'4     288    31      Akron
94      Ceresna, Jake      DT     I         6'5     295    23 Cortland State
54      Bazzie, Alex         DE     I         6'1     228    27 Marshall

Active Backups
96      Moore, Mike         DT     I         6'4     269    24 Virginia
97      Rivers, Gerald      DE     I         6'5     255    27 Ole Miss
56      Mackie, Mark       DE     N       6'1     255    23 McMaster

Practice Roster
78     Carr, Jason           DT     I         6'6     305    23 West Georgia
95      Bagnell, Gabriel   DE     N       6'2     240    23 Acadia

Release / Retirement
91      Barnes, Zachary  DE     I         6'3     229    23 Texas Tech
99      Allen, Darius        DE     I         6'3     240    26 Colorado State - Pueblo
75      Usher, Nick           DE     I         6'3     235    23      UTEP

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Active Roster

Active Starters

38      Konar, Adam        WLB  N       6'2     225    24      Calgary
47      Sherritt, J.C.         MLB  I         5'9     218    30      Eastern Washington
35      Gray, Alex            SLB    I        6'3  225     24      Appalachian State
Active Backups

48      Smith, Blair           WLB  N       6'2     230    27      Angelo State
10      Mulumba, Chris    WLB  N       6'1     245    25      Maine
33      Bullitt, Terrance    MLB  I         6'3     236    26      Texas Tech

Practice Roster
39      Taylor, Nicholas   SLB/DB      I     5'10    165    30    Florida International

Release / Retirement
92      Pittman, Brandon MLB  I         6'2     236    25      North Carolina State
52      Kose, Jeremiah    MLB  I         6'2     230    25      Montana
26      Edwards, Chris    SLB    I        6'2  217     25      Idaho
45      Jones, Korey        MLB  I         6'1     230    29      Wyoming

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Active Roster

Active Starters

20        Adams, Johnny          CB    I     5'11    190    28    Michigan State
17        Colquhoun, Arjen       CB    N    6'0      188    25    Michigan State
42        Dixon, Ahmad            DB    I     6'0      210    26    Baylor
36        Grymes, Aaron           DB    I     5'11    186    27    Idaho
28        Hoover, Jordan          FS    N    6'2      190    25    Waterloo
Active Backups

23        Onyeka, Godfrey        CB    N    6'2      200    24    Wilfrid Laurier
7          Woodman, Josh         FS    N    6'1      195    26    Western Ontario
16        Beaulieu, Jordan        FS    N    5'11    198    24    Western

Practice Roster
41        Hunter, Monshadrik    DB    I     6'1      193    22    Arkansas State

6-Game Injury List
24        Thompson, Brandyn   DB    I     5'10    188    28    Boise State

Release / Retirement
40        McKnight, Maurice     CB    I     6'0      200    22    San Jose State
27        Holland, Jordan          DB    I     5'10    190    23    Prairie View State
12        Hightower, Forrest     DB    I     5'10    186    26    San Jose State
43        King, Neil                    FS    N    6'0      195    29    Saint Mary's

Dixon and Hightower could flip, but Dixon has size, speed and is a solid tackler who can also cover. 

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Active Roster
 
Active Starters
53        King, Ryan                 LS    N    5'11    218    32    St. Mary's (Canada)
70        O'Neill, Hugh              K      N    6'2      185    28    Alberta
6          Whyte, Sean              K      N    5'9      175    32    Santa Monica

Release / Retirement
49        Northnagel, Brad        LS    I     6'3      250    24    Cal
 


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