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Eskimos release lone returning quarterback from last season

It turns out the Edmonton Eskimos didn’t just bid farewell to Mike Reilly over the off-season, but as of Sunday, their entire quarterback stable from last year.

Prior to holding practice in front of approximately 2,000 people at Commonwealth Stadium for Fan Day, the Eskimos announced the release of Danny O’Brien.

The third-string quarterback, who was with the Eskimos since 2017 and had previously worked with head coach Jason Maas when they were together in Ottawa in 2015, joins fellow former Eskimos QBs Kevin Glenn and Zach Kline on the unemployment line after serving in the stable with Reilly last year.

“We knew Danny for two years here in Edmonton and then back in my Ottawa days with him,” Maas said. “There’s not a more prepared, better-liked guy in our locker-room. He’s a consummate pro and teammate, always prepared and ready to go.

“A great guy and it’s never easy to let people like that go.”

In two pre-season games last week, O’Brien completed 15 of 26 passes for 93 yards and ran three times for four yards.

That leaves newcomers Logan Kilgore and Jeremiah Briscoe backing up Trevor Harris heading into the 2019 regular season, which kicks off at home against the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, June 14 (7 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED).

“With the play of Logan in the game and what we have behind him in Jeremiah, we felt comfortable making the decision to move on,” Maas said. “But I still believe in Danny and it’s just one of those tough decisions you’ve got to make at times.

“Not easy, at all.”


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