Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New General Manager Hervey Wastes No Time Putting His Stamp on Eskimos

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New General Manager Hervey Wastes No Time Putting His Stamp on Eskimos

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Hervey wastes no time putting stamp on Eskimos

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EDMONTON - It hasn't taken general manager Ed Hervey long to put his stamp on the Edmonton Eskimos.

A whirlwind week for the team began last Thursday with the acquisition of quarterback Mike Reilly from the B.C. Lions. It continued Tuesday with a five-player trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and another trade with Montreal Alouettes and was capped Wednesday with the signing of two young free agents.

Hervey, who was named GM on Dec. 10, said the changes aren't done yet.

"We'll never be satisfied until we win a championship but the moves we're making gives us a chance to compete," he said Wednesday at a new conference to introduce Reilly to the Edmonton media. "We're looking at making a few more moves, there will be a few more moves made."

First there are a couple of free agents he has to sign on his own roster, including seven-year CFL veteran defensive back Chris Thompson.

"Hopefully we can get those guys signed before free agency and then we can make a nice, subtle push in free agency when it gets here," he said. "But so far so good. As we look around the roster we've gotten younger, a little bigger, more athletic in some areas and we've improved the quarterback play tremendously."

Quarterback was the Eskimos' No. 1 problem area last year when neither Stephen Jyles, Kerry Joseph nor Matt Nichols could provide the stability and consistency at that position. Nichols showed the most promise but suffered a dislocated ankle in the East semifinal.

Head coach Kavis Reed said Wednesday his recovery is going well and he expects Nichols to be completely ready to return by mid spring.

Reilly, who spent the last three seasons backing up Travis Lulay in B.C., is looking forward to a fresh start with the Eskimos.

"It's a great opportunity to be part of a great organization, a great franchise that has incredible history and tradition, not only as a championship program, but also having developed top quality quarterbacks," said the six-foot-three, 215-pound Reilly. "Look around the Ring of Honour in the stadium, there's a lot to live up to if you're going to be a quarterback here. …

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