EDMONTON — Jason Maas is just not precisely salivating on the thought of going through the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ backup quarterback.
The pinnacle coach of the Edmonton Eskimos is as aware of Bombers’ quarterback Chris Streveler as anybody within the league, having coached towards him, when he was beginning, twice final season.
That’s about the one excellent news about taking over Streveler as a substitute of Winnipeg No. 1 Matt Nichols, so far as Maas is worried.
“We perceive him a bit bit higher than different groups that haven’t performed him,” Maas stated forward of the first-place showdown between the Bombers and Eskimos on Friday evening at Commonwealth Stadium.
“We all know how large he’s, how sturdy he’s, how briskly he’s and the way he matches into their offence. That’s a profit for us.
“I’m not saying it’s the best factor for us, as a result of it’s a really troublesome job, however at the very least you may have some familiarity with it.”
Streveler began 4 video games final yr, together with the primary recreation of the season towards the Eskimos in Winnipeg and the final recreation of the season towards the Eskimos in Edmonton. The Eskimos received each video games.
“I did begin a recreation right here final yr, which I assume is sort of useful simply from a psychological standpoint, having been right here and enjoying fairly a bit,” stated Streveler, who has 617 speeding yards in 27 profession CFL video games.
“However they’ve bought a distinct defensive co-ordinator right here this yr so that they’re doing plenty of various things. They’re gonna be fired up and able to play and we’d like match that.”
Winnipeg is hoping to not miss a beat, regardless of being with out Nichols, who injured his shoulder in final week’s win over the B.C. Lions and is on the six-game injured checklist.
They’ll have a distinct look with the fleet-footed, hard-charging Streveler on the controls and the Eskimos acknowledge it’s a giant problem.
“It’s so much like enjoying an choice workforce down within the States,” Maas stated. “It’s a must to be very assignment-sound enjoying their offence.
“He’s the added dimension now, the place you’ve bought to fret in regards to the quarterback operating. With (Nichols) you don’t should as a lot. He’s nonetheless a terrific athlete and he can nonetheless get out and get first downs for you. However Streveler can rating from wherever on the sphere.”
Whereas the Bombers are forward within the standings, with a 7-2 document, the 6-Three Eskimos lead the league in lots of statistical classes, together with offensive yards, passing yards, quarterback sacks allowed, interceptions thrown and sacks made.
Their quarterback, Trevor Harris, has been the league’s finest this yr, throwing for Three,051 yards in half a season. With receivers like Greg Ellingson (50 receptions, 690 yards and Ricky Collins, Jr. (48 receptions, league-high 741 yards), the Edmonton passing assault is deadly.
Even with Nichols within the lineup, the Bombers passing assault was final within the league and now a quarterback recognized extra for his legs than his arm is beginning the sport.
“I’ve at all times admired his recreation,” Harris stated of Streveler. “He’s like a darn fullback that’s tremendous quick and might throw the soccer. I at all times love watching him play as a fan. He makes plenty of performs.
“Shoot, even when (Nichols) is wholesome, Chris performs plenty of performs. He’s a giant a part of their offence, of who they’re. They clearly developed some fairly large packages for him to be in there throughout the recreation as a result of he’s that large of a distinction maker.”
The Bombers have been profitable video games just lately with a mixture of nice defence and particular groups and satisfactory offence. Working again Andrew Harris, who was banged up a observe this week however is predicted to play, will as soon as once more be anticipated to hold a heavy load.
To 1 key member of the Eskimos defence, that’s much more vital than any query about who’s at quarterback for Winnipeg.
“I’ve been saying it for years — I believe Andrew Harris is the very best participant within the league, interval,” Eskimos defensive sort out Almondo Sewell stated. “When you may rush for 1,000 and catch for 1,000 that causes plenty of issues. We simply bought to maintain turning them one-dimensional and that’s it.”
Although the Esks are favoured on this recreation, the Bombers ought to stack up fairly nicely towards them so long as Streveler doesn’t attempt to do an excessive amount of, manages the sport, takes care of the soccer and strikes the chains.
Sounds sort of like what Matt Nichols does most video games.
“We’re having a terrific season up to now and we need to maintain that rolling,” Streveler stated.
“No matter how the season goes, I really feel prefer it’s my accountability to step in and transfer the ball offensively and put us in good positions.”
Streveler places within the work to be prepared for these moments
EDMONTON — Chris Streveler is understood to stand up at four:45 a.m., every day to start his preparations for taking part in quarterback.
His coaches have marvelled at his work ethic, his want to study and his willingness to be prepared when known as upon to assist his workforce.
Some may suppose the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback has larger issues in thoughts when placing in that work, like incomes extra enjoying time, a beginning job someplace subsequent yr or a shot within the NFL down the street.
The 24-year-old from Chicago says that’s not what it’s all about.
“I don’t try this and hope that this chance comes about,” Streveler stated forward of his first begin of the season Friday in Edmonton. “I do it as a result of I need to be prepared for my teammates. You don’t need to let these guys down.”
Streveler will make his fifth profession begin. His first begin was additionally towards the Eskimos, on June 14 of 2018 and he can barely consider how far he’s come since then.
“I’d say I really feel extra snug as a CFL quarterback now than I did in Week 1 final yr,” Streveler stated.
“Shoot, I don’t suppose I even knew all the principles of the league on the time.”