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Morris: Eskimos’ defence showing off dog mentality

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18.07.2019

Of the Edmonton Eskimos’ 16 quarterback sacks this year, 12 have come against BC Lions quarterback Mike Reilly.

Although that’s an impressive stat, it’s also sort of a double-edged sword. While the Eskimos seem to have Reilly in the crosshairs, can they find the same success against other quarterbacks in the CFL?

Defensive end Kwaku Boateng didn’t hesitate when asked about putting the bite on quarterbacks other than his former teammate.

“I don’t think we have his number. I think our defence is programmed to attack the offence, period,” said the Wilfrid Laurier product, who’s playing in his third season with Edmonton. “It doesn’t really matter who is holding the ball, who is carrying the ball, who is running with the ball. We have a whole bunch of dogs across the board. Our one and only goal is to get after whoever has the ball.”

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The Edmonton defence will be on the prowl again Saturday when the Eskimos (3-1) head East for a matchup with the Montreal Alouettes (2-2), who are coming off back-to-back wins against Hamilton and Ottawa.

“The mindset we’ve got is we’ve got to keep attacking, the same way we attacked against BC,” said defensive end Jesse Joseph, who spent four years with Montreal before joining the Esks........

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