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EDMONTON - Success for the Edmonton Eskimos is 2013 rests on five mountain-sized men who barely know each other protecting the CFL teams third opening-day quarterback in three years. Max Scherzer Nationals Jersey . But Eskimo head coach Kavis Reed promises a drastic improvement on the teams 7-11 record from 2012. "We know theres still going to be some growing pains," said Reed. "However given the talent and given the core leadership that we have, we feel very confident this is going to be a very competitive football team that should win more games than we lose." The Eskimos open the CFL season at home Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Leading the way is quarterback Mike Reilly, acquired from the B.C. Lions in the off-season. The 28-year-old from Kennewick, Wash., gets his first crack as a starting QB in the pro game after years of apprenticeship as vagabond NFL training camp fodder before signing with the Lions in 2010. He started three games last year and saw action in six, completing 52 of 75 passes for 682 yards and four touchdowns against two interceptions. "Its something Ive worked my whole career for," said Reilly, standing in front of his stall in the Eskimo dressing room, the one that used to belong to famous ex-Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray. "Ive wanted to be a starting quarterback on a professional team since I was a little kid. Now that opportunity has come, but its still no guarantee. Youve still got to go out and perform each week." Reilly was to fight Matt Nichols for the starting pivot job this year until Nichols tore up his knee in the first pre-season game against the Riders. He is done until 2014. The No. 2 quarterback is rookie Jonathan Crompton. They are part of the roster overhaul that will see newcomers in half the starting positions and major changes to the offensive line. Guard Simeon Rottier shifts over the from the left side of the line after missing half of 2012 with a hyper-extended elbow. Gord Hinse, who takes over from Kyle Koch at centre, missed most of last season with a thumb injury. Guard Matt ODonnell came to the Esks late last season, and tackles Thaddeus Coleman and Cliff Louis are off-season acquisitions. When Reilly walks to the line of scrimmage, he will see, from left to right, Coleman (six-foot-eight), ODonnell (six-foot-11), Hinse (six-foot-four), Rottier (six-foot-six) and Louis (six-foot-eight). Its not a line, its a cordillera. They acquitted themselves well in the last pre-season game. Against the Lions they opened holes for 134 yards in rushing, 298 yards in passing and three TDs. The line has been under the gun from the get-go at camp with Reed and new general manager Ed Hervey playing good-cop, bad-cop. While Reed has built up the line, Hervey has delivered swift kicks to its backside. "Play better," Hervey said in an interview before camp opened. "Every year were always asking these questions about the offensive line. Well how about the offensive line answer those questions." Rottier said its fair game. "Anything the coach says, the GM says, theyre asking a lot — but were asking a lot of ourselves. We never take that personally. We want to win as much as they do. "We definitely want to be leading this team, playing aggressive, and give the skill guys a chance to win." The skill guys are looking for a breakout year in 2013. Slotback Fred Stamps returns as the go-to guy in the receiving corps. Stamps, entering his seventh CFL season, led the Green and Gold with 70 catches for 1,310 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012. Lining up with him are Nate Coehoorn, Shamawd Chambers, Cary Koch and the lightning fast rookie Isaiah Sweeney. In the backfield, Hugh Charles returns after accumulating 1,409 combined passing-running yards and six TDs last year. The defence is the strength of the Eskimos, led by middle linebacker JC Sherritt. The 25-year-old from Truckee, Calif., set a CFL record for tackles with 130 and was named the CFLs most outstanding defensive player. Beside him are returning veterans T.J. Hill and Damaso Munoz. Up front, free agent rush Odell Willis will try to regain the sack magic that made him the "Mayor of Swaggerville" in Winnipeg two seasons ago. Lining up at the other defensive end position is Marcus Howard, who recorded 11 sacks in 2011 only to be derailed by a recurring hamstring injury in 2012. Ted Laurent, Don Oramasionwu and Almondo Sewell provide strength at the tackle positions. Chris Thompson returns to lead a revamped secondary that includes newcomers Aaron Grymes and Marcell Young on the corners. Grant Shaw handles the kicking duties and Burke Dales is the punter. The coaching staff has also been overhauled. Doug Sams is the new offensive co-ordinator and Greg Marshall handles the defence. 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"He was a clear-mask guy tonight," teammate Chris Bosh said. "He was just a regular dude, a regular citizen of Gotham." Wade scored 24 points and Bosh 20 for the Heat, who shot 58 per cent. Eleven players scored for the Heat, and their bench totalled 39 points. James said league officials wanted him to wear something that would allow opponents to see his face. The newer mask seemed to bother James more than the black one did, and he frequently took it off when the clock was stopped. "Its not comfortable," he said. "Having something on your face isnt comfortable, but it is what it is." While the mask was a nuisance and James nose remained tender, neither hindered his performance. "Its another challenge for a great player," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "His game is an aggressive, attacking game, and theres going to be contact. But coming off the injury, he has been as aggressive as he was before." James streak of five consecutive games with more than 30 points came to an end, but he took just 12 shots and played only 31 minutes. "When you come out and take care of business, thats a reward," he said. After sitting out a week because of his broken nose, he avoided another injury when he went stumbling into the third row after making a fast-break layup and settled in an unoccupied seat. The Heat improved to 10-1 since Feb. 1, and theyve won their past four games by an average of 19 points. "Defensiively were flying around and were communicating," James said. Washington Nationals Jersey. "And offensively, obviously were playing at a high level." The Heat completed a sweep of the four-game season series against their in-state rivals. "Theyre an efficient team, the most efficient team in the NBA," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Thats done with LeBron setting up people, and youre getting shots that you want. Youre not rushing." The game was the first for the last-place Magic since they broke a 16-game road losing streak at Philadelphia on Wednesday. Tobias Harris led Orlando with 20 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 18. With the Heat taking the lead for good early in the second quarter, Bosh played only 18 minutes, his lowest total since Nov. 16. "I got a bunch of night-off jokes tonight," Bosh said. "I enjoyed it. Guys filled in and did their job." Among the contributors off the bench was Greg Oden, playing his 11th game after being sidelined by knee trouble for 3 1/2 years. He went 3 for 3 for eight points with four rebounds in 13 minutes. "Im happy to be on the team," Oden said. "When I get a chance to play, I just dont want to mess up." Heat guard Mario Chalmers had the highlight play of the first half, fetching a loose ball while seated at midcourt with his back to his basket, then flipping a pass over his shoulder to James to set up a fast-break basket. The Heat also got to the rim often out of their half-court offence. "They do a good job moving the ball, driving, kicking," Vucevic said. "They make plays for each other. Theyre very unselfish." NOTES: Orlandos Arron Afflalo missed his fourth consecutive game. He was out with a sprained ankle and is now recovering from a brief illness. ... At 42-14, the Heat have tied their best start through 56 games. They had the same record a year ago, when they went on to win their second consecutive NBA title. ... The Heat improved to 15-0 at home when leading at halftime. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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