Watching the Key Eskie Camp Battles

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:

[ol]- 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.[/ol]

Any Word on Dexter McCoil. Would be nice addition

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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