EDMONTON -- After returning to Edmonton on Wednesday following a brief stint south of the border, Eskimos running back Jerome Messam finally joined his team back on the practice field.
However, don't expect last season's Most Outstanding Canadian to be in an Eskimos uniform for Monday's Labour Day battle with the Calgary Stampeders.
As for Charles and Boyd, who currently rank third and fourth respectively in rushing yards, they believe that Messam's arrival creates a very competitive backfield.
"This is a very good dilemma,'' said Reed. "We went from not having anyone behind Hugh Charles to moving Calvin McCarty to fullback . . . to now having three very viable options.''
Messam, Charles, Boyd and Reed all agreed Messam's return creates a highly competitive situation, but a healthy one.
"And that's good,'' said Reed. "As long as it's healthy competition, competitiveness is very good.
"Based on the character of these individuals and the fact I'm going to be very up front and forthright with them, let them all know this organization is relying on them to provide quality depth at that position and our offence is morphing more into a run offence so we want to make certain we're fair to everyone and they have to be pros about the way things are being handled.''
Charles, who leads the team with 504 rushing yards, said Messam's return doesn't change his own status or put added pressure on the players.
"It is going to put a lot of pressure on Kavis and (offensive coordinator) Marcus (Crandell) to see where everyone's going to fit,'' he said. "What we have going now, it's a great combination but I feel like there's more pressure on the coaches then there is on the players.
"It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.''
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