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Monday, May 28, 2018

PRESEASON FINAL: ESKIMOS 35 ROUGHRIDERS 12


EDMONTON -  There doesn't appear to be any rust on Mike Reilly.

The Eskimos' quarterback led Edmonton to the end zone on his team's first two drives and they didn't look back from there in a 35-12 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL's first pre-season game of 2018 on Sunday.

"It felt good to get back out on the field. It's pre-season, so I take it with a grain of salt. I just wanted to make sure our guys were lined up properly and doing the right things out there and they were,'' Reilly said. "That showed up in a couple of successful drives. I'm glad to see the guys play hard, play fast and come out looking like they weren't rusty.''

Eskimos head coach Jason Maas was satisfied with the effort.

"You're always pleased with a win, it validates what you've been doing in practice week-in and week-out, and what we've been seeing out of our group,'' Maas said. "We've been great with sudden change in practice for the week and this game, they showed up again.''

Saskatchewan, which dressed a rookie-laden lineup, was unable to score a touchdown in the contest.

"You can't turn the ball over and have as many penalties as we had and expect to win the game,'' said Riders head coach Chris Jones. "The goal of the offence is to score touchdowns and when you don't score them and your opponent does, it is not something that you look at very kindly.

"You would have hoped that we would have come here farther along, but we left about 10-12 veterans, and basically the entire defence at home. We left a lot of our defensive leaders at home.''

Reilly, who was the CFL's Most Outstanding Player last season, got the start and took the team down the field to score on their first possession, a three-yard touchdown run by CJ Gable.

Edmonton connected on its next drive as well, with Reilly hitting Duke Williams for a 20-yard TD strike to give the Eskimos an early 14-0 lead.

Saskatchewan responded with a 25-yard Brett Lauther field goal.

Kevin Glenn, who has now officially been with teams in all nine CFL cities, took over from Reilly, but Edmonton's third drive stalled with a turnover on downs at the Roughriders' seven, eventually leading to another Lauther field goal.

Lauther then hit a 54-yard field goal to make it 14-9.

Edmonton closed out the first half with a late 11-yard TD run by Shaq Cooper after an interception from Johnny Adams.

Lauther kicked a fourth field goal to start the third quarter.

The Eskimos got their fourth TD of the afternoon on a 37-yard run up the middle by Jordan Robinson.

Edmonton's fourth QB of the game, Zach Kline, scored on a one-yard plunge early in the fourth, coming on the heels of a Mark Mackie fumble recovery to put the Esks ahead 35-12.

The Eskimos continue pre-season play on Friday when they visit Winnipeg. The Riders next play host to the Calgary Stampeders on June 8.

Notes: The Eskimos dressed a massive lineup of 86 players for the game, while the Roughriders clocked in with 69 players ... Former Philadelphia Eagles receiver David Watford got in his first game action at quarterback in nearly three years ... Edmonton will play host to the 106th Grey Cup in November ... The Eskimos went 12-6 last season, while Saskatchewan was 10-8.

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CHRIS JONES

- We took too many penalties and turned the ball over too much. We had substitition errors so we need to execute better and coach 'em harder. There's an expectation here. We had to call a timeout because of a time count, and then took one. That's more than we had last year. We have to do a better job coaching that.

- I thought all QBs had moments where they executed the offense and then they had moments where they looked like me out there.  Which isn't a good thing. We need to go back to the drawing board and execute more.

- They've got a very good defensive line. I thought we had more once we got into the second and third levels. We were going against some back-up QBs so it was easier to call some pressures. There were some bright spots but we'll look at the film. Not everybody played poorly! We just need to execute better, and take less penalties.

- There will be a couple of guys who didn't play well when the lights came on. We'll end up releasing them and we'll bring in a few more guys. That's kind of how that process works. We look forward to seeing the film. I'm ready to get on the bus, the plane, and look at it!

- We've gotta play solid. We can't be extending their drives, turning it over and that type of thing. We have to protect the ball like it's our life. We're just throwing it into coverage and good teams don't do that. The Patriots don't do that, and other teams that win championships don't do that. We need to do a better job of coaching ball security.

- I'm glad to have this one under our belt and we'll move on to the next one.

RP
@rodpedersen

(Canadian Press/620 CKRM)

20 comments:

Rob said...

O line & D line both look very weak.

Just saying said...

Go BJ

Just saying said...

Daniels looks very confident. I’m guessing that Watford has played his last game.

Anonymous said...

Neither Watford or Williams did anything! Daniels looked like he knew what he was doing. It may be partly OC fault.
You do have to remember that Esks played most of their #1 team and we were more interested in seeing how players executed and Esks were more interested in showboating

Anonymous said...

Kline looked like a complete idiot

Anonymous said...

how can u say the oline and dline looked weak.no sacks against the starters on the oline and had no starters even playing on the dline. cmon give your head a shake. its preseaon.

Travis Peters said...

I like the coaches comment biut releasing guys and bringing more in. Never stop adding.

Anonymous said...

Given a couple of years to learn the CFL game Daniels could be another star CFL QB. Has the toughness, mobility and arm to be great up here. The Riders should keep him at #3 so he gets lots of practice reps this year and is ready to be #2 should Bridge decide to sign somewhere else for 2019.

@mrt_man said...

I'M HAVING TROUBLE GETTING EXCITED FOR THE YEAR... WHO ARE THESE GUYS? WHERE'S THE HEART? WHY DOES DURON MAKE IT SO HARD TO CHEER FOR HIM?

Anonymous said...

The Eskies back ups still out scored the lowly riders back ups 14-3 in the second have and Reilly and Gable only played first few series of the first quarter ,the 2nd and 3rd string running backs DOMINATED after Gable left.

Anonymous said...

Laughable effort

Anonymous said...

Esks used starters for 1 main quarter and some for half the game if you all actually watched. You guys say we didn't have starters playing but you did have group of 8 or so anyways. Here is the deal though, your depth was on the field so you better hope no injuries because 4 field goals in a game is quite bad.

Anonymous said...

Riders are going to win the 2018 grey cup..and the rush is winning lacrosse..go riders and rush..

Anonymous said...

Really man! You've watched 1 preseason game in which Jones let most all the newbies play so that they can have every opportunity to make this team?

Where's the heart? Are you serious?

Why do you make it so hard to read with caps lock on all the time?

Anonymous said...

It was the first preseason game with 90% being rookies. Any fan who is upset and took this loss hard is a total IDIOT!!! With only 2 pre-season games in the CFL the first game is all about seeing who your 2nd and 3rd stringers will be. Jones already knows who the starters are and they will get a chance to work out the kinks in 2 weeks. Fan complaints are only valid after about week 3 of the regular season. Relax folks, in Jones We Trust!

Anonymous said...

How about the riders new kicker showing a strong strong leg. Makes his his field goals look effortlessly, great mechanics to his approach and leg swing.

Anonymous said...

Not a bad effort by players on both teams considering its only one week into training camp! And after that one week in a CFL camp, BJ Daniels looks like he could be a real keeper.

Anonymous said...


No Collaros, no Messam, no Jefferson, no Gainey...etc. etc. etc.

Anyone spending more than 5 minutes watching this game and anyone even commenting on it needs to get the "L" stamped on their forehead.

WHO CARES!!!

KJ

@mrt_man said...

CAPS... ONCE UPON A TIME IN AN LAND FAR AWAY, IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA, SO I STARTED DOING IT. MAYBE IT WAS CAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO HIT SHIFT SO MUCH OR MAYBE IT WAS FROM WHEN MY KEYBOARD WENT FUNKY ON ME... WHO EVEN KNOWS NOW... BEEN DOING IT TOO LONG TO QUIT.

I WASN'T REALLY DIRECTING MY HEARTLESS COMMENT AT THE PRE SEASON GAME... I HAVE BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO EXPECT THEM TO BE TERRIBLE. JUST GOTTA HOPE WE CAN FIND A GEM OR TWO.

IT WAS MORE A COMMENT ON THE STATE OF THE TEAM IN GENERAL. WHO ARE THE BIG HEROES THAT WE CAN RALLY AROUND? GREAT ROLE MODELS? GOING THE EXTRA MILE? WHO'S FACE ARE WE GONNA PUT UP THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING?

Anonymous said...

But you take the time to hit shift for other things.