The Eskimos were back on the field today to begin preparations for the Labour Day Rematch game on Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders. The Eskimos fell 45-24 to the Stampeders in the Labour Day Classic on Monday in Calgary.
The Eskimos are not looking to make many changes but one player may find his way into the lineup on Saturday.
Newly signed defensive end Philip Hunt practiced today with his new team and is available to play according to head coach Jason Maas.
“When he’s ready to play, he’ll play, Maas said. “He’s a special player in the league, he was back when he played here. He did nothing to diminish that down south. To stay down south for that long proves that he’s a player down there as well. When he’s ready to play he’ll play and he’ll make an impact for us.”
Hunt hasn’t played in the CFL since the 2010 season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he recorded 16 quarterback sacks and was named a CFL All-Star. Hunt also recorded 55 defensive tackles in two seasons in Winnipeg.
Hunt spent five years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, and New Orleans Saints recording 23 defensive tackles and four sacks.
The Eskimos currently rank eighth out of nine teams in quarterback sacks with 18. Defensive end Odell Willis says quarterback pressure is important to a defense.
Kick-off on Saturday for the Labour Day Rematch game on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is 5pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 3:30pm.