In his first year as a full time starter on the Eskimos defence, linebacker Deon Lacey seems to be improving each week. Lacey, out of West Alabama had one of his best games last Thursday in the Eskimos win over the Montreal Alouettes on the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium and Tuesday was named one of the CFL Top Performers of the Week. Lacey, in his 3rd CFL season registered nine defensive tackles but the highlight of his night was a game clinching pick six in the final minute of play that sealed the Eskimos win. The interception and touchdown were the first of Lacey’s career. He leads the Eskimos in defensive tackles and is 4th in the CFL with 44. The 6’2″ 229 pound 26 year old also has 6 special teams tackles.
Lacey and the Eskimos returned to the practice field today for the first time since Thursdays win as they begin preparations for Saturday’s road game in Toronto.
The Eskimos have signed CFL veteran defensive end Jason Vega to a contract. Vega has played 45 CFL games with Winnipeg and Toronto and has 93 tackles and 19 quarterback sacks. He has not played since last season when he was with the Argos.
Head coach Jason Maas says Vega should be a good addition to his team.
“He’s big, he’s physical, he’s experienced in this league,” Maas said. “He understands the system that he’s trying to run. He’s a veteran presence that gets after the quarterback.”
Vega may play on Saturday as defensive end Marcus Howard missed practice today leaving his status for the game in Toronto up in the air.
Game-time on Saturday from BMO Field is 2pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 12:30pm.