With three straight wins and a 5 and 4 record in the first half of the CFL season Eskimos VP of Football and General Manager Ed Hervey says things are on track in a year that has seen many changes for the Eskimos on the field. “I think it’s gone quite well as far as player buy in, we are winning games we are very competitive and playing an exciting brand of football that I think our fans are enjoying. Considering the massive amount of change we have had, we are in a good position moving forward”
Consecutive wins over Montreal, Toronto and Saskatchewan have the Eskimos two wins back of the Stampeders going into the Labour Day series and Hervey feels they have a chance to get in the race for first place. “We obviously have to win one game at a time, but we can come out of the Labour Day games in a virtual tie for first place, that’s a pretty good position”
Hervey says the coaching staff will have the team ready to go for the biggest game on the regular season schedule “Make sure our guys are prepared and understand that they are going into a hostile environment in Calgary. It’s going to take 60 minutes and then some because Calgary is a very good football team. I like where we are and our chances. If we go out and play our brand of football and stay disciplined and play the way we are capable of playing we have a good shot of going down there and giving our fans something that they can be proud of”
The GM added that he feels Jason Maas and his staff have had a positive effect on the players “The guys come out every day, they work hard, they practice hard they play hard they are competing at a high level. Any given time we are on the field we can compete and play at a high level. If we play our brand of football we have a chance to win every game”
The Eskimos have added a some veterans in the last few weeks in DE Jason Vega and DBs Brandyn Thompson and Demetrius Wright and Hervey says he is not anxious to make any more big changes, but has talked with Aaron Grymes and Willie Jefferson who were both released by their NFL teams in the last few days.
“Guys that we are familiar with and guys that we have been in contact with, but the time line is in their hands. They are two really good football players, and if the opportunity arises for those guys to come back we would welcome them with open arms but they are free agents and I am sure other teams would want their services as well.”
One roster move was announced by the Eskimos Tuesday. Defensive back Solomon Means was released.
The Eskimos will be back to practice on Thursday getting set for Labour Day.