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EDMONTON -- Quarterback Jonathan Crompton admits he didn’t know much about the history of the Edmonton Eskimos prior to his first training camp – but, he’s learning.

“I knew about Warren Moon and that’s pretty much it,” says Crompton.

“After spending my first season and most of the off-season here, I’ve learned a lot about the history of this franchise. It really makes you want to strive to bring that success back to this organization. This city deserves it.”

The Esks have a history of developing a strong stable of quarterbacks.

Moon was able to succeed Tom Wilkinson; Matt Dunigan was able to take over for Moon after a year of being his understudy. The long line of great Eskimos QBs continued with greats like Damon Allen and Tracy Ham.

For the better part of three decades, Eskimos' quarterbacks pushed to support one another to be successful.

“We have a strong core group of quarterbacks. We’re all fighting for that No.1 job, we all know that. But at the end of the day, we all have everyone’s best interests at heart,” says Crompton.

“Competition makes you stronger. We’re going to push each other to the limit and whoever’s name is called, we’re going to support them, because it’s about the team. We all have a role to play.”

Crompton earned the back-up role last season behind Mike Reilly. In eight appearances, Crompton completed 30-of- 58 passes for 451 yards with five touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and five interceptions.

It was a year of learning.

“There isn’t just one thing that I focused on this off-season. I’m working on everything. I don’t think anyone has ever perfected one craft. You have to work on everything. That’s my mentality,” says Crompton.

Before joining the Canadian Football League, Crompton spent time in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots.

“I want to pick everyone else’s brain. I enjoy when people try to pick my brain, because it teaches me what I do and don’t know and there will always be more for me to learn about this game.”

Fan Comments
Let me see, Mike Reilly leads the Edmonton Eskimos to a 4-14 record and the MEDIA CLOWNS are calling that a very successful season and act like Mike Reilly is a great quarterback for leading his team to a 4-14 record? What kind of joke is that when a quarterback who leads his team to a 4-14 record and the MEDIA CLOWNS are building him up as IT IS MIKE RIELLY'S JOB TO LOSE. Well, if 4-14 is what the fans of Edmonton want, then they can keep losing with Mike Reilly because he is really good at that judging by the spectacular 4-14 record. Mike Reilly, Over Hyped, and overrated for accomplishing a 4-14 record.
April 25, 2014 - 3:11am
Is Matt Nichols still with the team? He and Reilly seemed pretty even before Nichols got injured.
April 14, 2014 - 2:50pm
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sorry crompton you can bring your mother's kitchen sink BUT the fact remains you have no hope in hell of uprooting reilly as edmonton's starting QB!!
April 14, 2014 - 1:20pm
Nothing wrong with hoping! He can, along with Nicholls. certainly put pressure on Reilly! However uprooting the Esks #1 does seem unlikely.
April 14, 2014 - 3:43pm
April 14, 2014 - 5:06pm
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TFmcb/H123: if nichols or crompton has to play in place of reilly for whatever reason then edmonton is finished and ends up behind winnipeg in the west standings!!
April 14, 2014 - 8:01pm