EDMONTON -- Edmonton Eskimos GM Ed Hervey could barely contain his excitement.
Meeting with the media for the first time since acquiring QB Mike Reilly from the BC Lions, Hervey let it be known that under his watch, the Eskimos plan on being a much better team under centre in 2013.
“I’d like to put it in these words, the quarterback competition is officially on,” said Hervey
“We needed to solidify that position, we needed to get depth at the position and moving forward we want elite talent at that position. And we feel we got that by acquiring Mike Reilly today,” he said with a smile.
Prior to making the deal on Thursday, Hervey made no secret of his intentions to improve the Eskimos passing game. It all started two weeks ago when the Eskimos released veteran QB Steven Jyles, which was explained by Hervey as an opportunity to find a new quarterback, while establishing room on the roster for him.
While Reilly has just two career CFL starts under his belt, Hervey clearly believes that his new addition will drastically improve his club’s efforts in the air.
“I like his demeanor, on the field he’s a pro,” said Hervey.
“In the games that he has played he’s shown poise, plenty of athleticism and he’s a typical CFL quarterback. He gets the ball down the field; he’s got the personality that you want. He’s everything that you want in an Eskimo quarterback,” he added.