Expect to see the run-’n-gun Mike Reilly on Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders; not just the latter.
Reilly has 539 rushing yards this season but rushed for zero yards in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Alouettes, when the recently concussed quarterback saw 30 minutes of action before taking a seat on the bench with his team down 31-3 at the half. The game plan, the team said after the defeat, was to have the quarterback get rid of the ball quickly and not look to run, as that was the most effective way to combat Montreal’s defence.
This week against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Reilly said he’ll be using his full arsenal.
“You’re going to see the guy you’ve seen all year,” the first-year starter said while pointing out that he wouldn’t call the team’s playbook in the loss a limited one.
“It was just the game plan based on what we had, based on what Montreal does defensively.”
“Saskatchewan’s defence is quite a bit different (from Montreal’s), so we’ll have a different game plan this week.”
“We really feel that our game plan is going to be predicated on how the Saskatchewan Roughriders play defence and how we do the things we need to do to be productive offensively,” Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said.
Saturday’s loss marked the first time this season that Reilly didn’t register any running yards in a game and also the first time he was pulled from a game. Reed said that Reilly leaving the pocket was not a concern of his, either last week or this coming week.
“We were comfortable last week,” he said. “(Reilly) did (leave the pocket) last week a couple of times. Mike was (medically) cleared, there was no reason to not use him those ways.”
“This week and any week in the future, if we’re going to design plays around the possibility of me getting hurt, I may as well just not play anymore because there’s always a possibility of that,” Reilly said. “Any time you step on the field you understand that you’re at risk for an injury.”