Dunigan: Eskimos had great plan with Reilly and Nichols

Matt Dunigan
6/18/2013 10:50:01 AM
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Edmonton Eskimos QBs

# Name Status Ht Wt D.O.B.  College
13 Mike Reilly Import 6'3 215 1985-01-25 C. Washington
16 Matt Nichols Import 6'2 225 1987-03-19 E. Washington
5 Kerry Joseph Import 6'0 215 1973-10-04 McNeese St.
6 Jacory Harris Import 6'4 195 1990-05-12 Miami
14 Jonathan Crompton Import 6'4 225 1987-07-25 Tennessee
21 Austin Kennedy Non-Import 5'11 225   Windsor

The Esks had a terrific plan heading into training camp, pitting the newly acquired, highly touted Mike Reilly against the talented Matt Nichols. This would ensure the club some fabulous competition in hopes of finding the next franchise QB for the foreseeable future.

To assist in the process, the Esks brought back the veteran presence and pedigree of Kerry Joseph. With Nichols out for the season, Joseph quickly factors more into the Esks future and immediate needs.

The domino effect from the loss of Nichols continues to unfold and will likely benefit not only Joseph but the entire stable of Esks QB hopefuls, as everyone moves up a notch on the depth chart.

You have to think the Eskimos are way ahead of the game compared to last year at this time.

With the assurance from Head Coach Kavis Reed that whoever earns the starter's job will have the opportunity to play and learn the game without fear of being pulled due to a "pick six" and, with Nichols out for the year, you would think this is now Reilly's team.

That eliminates the second guessing scenario that could potentially stymie the growth process of a quarterback and unnecessarily cloud the picture.

The battle for the third and final spot on the Esks QB roster just got more interesting too. Both Jacory Harris and Jonathan Crompton acquitted themselves well in their first preseason action. I liked what I saw from both of these gunslingers; Reed and company will have a tough decision pairing down.

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