The running back situation in Edmonton has been different this year. This time it’s a good problem as they have a crowded backfield, with a few players that have shown they can run the ball in the CFL.
On Sunday night, the depth chart became smaller as the Eskimos announced that they have released RB Arkee Whitlock.
His season debut came only a couple weeks ago against Calgary in which he ran for 56 yards on 10 attempts. Last week against Toronto, he ran for 36 yards on only 7 carries.
One problem for Whitlock has been catching the ball. In his 2 games this year he has only caght 2 balls for a total of 9 yards.
Fortunately for the Esks this year, Whitlock was not needed to be a huge cornerstone in the offense.
Jerome Messam has stepped up and helped the Eskimos to their undefeated record. He has 274 yards on 55 attempts. Also take into the fact that Whitlock received the start against Calgary and took most of the carries.
Along with Porter and McCarty, there was no need to keep him around. Even Ricky Ray has more yards with fewer attempts.
Ray Fisher was also released. In 2 games he had 2 catches and gathered 71 kickoff return yards and 25 punt return yards. As good as Edmonton has been, the return game ha ailed.
It was proven in the offseason that if you were not proving your weight, your days would be short. For the Eskimos, having the power to replace players who can’t get it done is a new luxury.