Eskimos GM Ed Hervey told the beat boys Thursday that veteran quarterback Kerry Joseph will return in 2013 to provide leadership and mentoring to prospects Matt Nichols and Mike Reilly.
Apart from a fourth quarterback to be determined later, that sorts out the situation at pivot for the Eskimos, who want to see a clear No. 1 emerge from the competition between Nichols, the incumbent, and Reilly, obtained in a trade with the B.C. Lions.
It should be a good situation for incoming offensive co-ordinator Doug Sams, who was introduced this week, along with the rest of head coach Kavis Reed’s 2013 staff.
Sams worked with a young Damon Allen in Ottawa in the early 1990s, during which, among other things, Allen rushed for more than 1,000 one season with a mediocre Rough Riders team as the Ottawa franchise unravelled owing to terrible ownership.
Anyway, Sams has a somewhat similar challenge ahead of him, with young talents Nichols and Reilly to mould here in Edmonton.
Here is Sams talking about the parallels between his Ottawa experience and the one upcoming in 2013.