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Eskimos 2019 roster a Six Degrees of Greg Ellingson

Move over, Kevin Bacon.

With the Edmonton Eskimos getting the wheels rolling on the 2019 Canadian Football League season, it’s time for the Six Degrees of Greg Ellingson.

The former Ottawa Redblacks star receiver is just one of a crowd of new faces in the home locker-room of Commonwealth Stadium following a free-agent feast by Eskimos general manager — and former Redblacks assistant GM, it should be noted — Brock Sunderland.

“There is a comfortability with a lot of the guys here I have played with,” Ellingson said following the inaugural practice of the regular season Monday. “I started my career as a rookie with C.J. Gable in Hamilton for two years, and then played with Trevor (Harris, quarterback) and (offensive linemen) SirVincent Rogers and Colin Kelly, a couple of guys on defence: J.J. (Josh Johnson), Forrest Hightower.

“There’s a lot of familiarity being in Edmonton, so I think that’s helpful also with Brock and (Eskimos head coach and former Redblacks offensive co-ordinator Jason) Maas.”

Then again, knowing (each other) is only half the battle. It’s not all footloose and fancy free.

“You’ve still got to get the plays down, you’ve still got to jell as a unit,” Ellingson said. “It all doesn’t mean much unless you’re going out there and winning.

“And that’s what we’re here to do.”


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