The Eskimos continued their preparations for Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday. Once again running back John White was absent dealing with a suspected shoulder injury. Shakir Bell once again took first team reps and is expected to make his second start of the season on Sunday.
“Opportunity is one of the biggest words that I live by because that’s a definition of my career,” Bell said. “I live for every opportunity and I live for every chance that I can get to go help my team win.”
Bell first suited up this season back on August 26 in Edmonton against the Riders in a 33-25 win. Bell rushed 18 times for 138 yards and totaled 170 yards from scrimmage scoring one receiving touchdown. Bell was named a Shaw CFL Top Performer of the Week.
The Eskimos rank fourth in the CFL in rushing yards (84.5 yards per game) and sixth in rushing average (4.6). The Eskimos have the second most rushing attempts in the CFL at 202. Head coach and offensive coordinator Jason Maas says the run game is important to him.
Defensive back Pat Watkins participated today after missing practice yesterday.
The Eskimos are looking to snap a two game losing and to improve their playoff chances with a win. The team sits with a 5-6 record four points out of third place in the Western Division and are tied with the Toronto Argonauts for third place in the Eastern Division via the crossover.
Kick-off from Mosaic Stadium on Sunday is 2:30pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 1pm.