Eskimos sweep week three's top performers awards

 

QB James Franklin, kick-returner Kendial Lawrence, receiver Derel Walker get recognized for strong outings

 
 
 
 
Edmonton Eskimos kick-returner Kendial Lawrence  celebrates a touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts with a back-flip in the end zone at Commonwealth Stadium during a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 28, 2015.
 
 

Edmonton Eskimos kick-returner Kendial Lawrence celebrates a touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts with a back-flip in the end zone at Commonwealth Stadium during a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 28, 2015.

Photograph by: JASON FRANSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS

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It’s a clean sweep for the Edmonton Eskimos.

On the heels of an impressive 38-15 win over the Toronto Argonauts, three Eskimos were named the Canadian Football League’s top performers of the week.

Quarterback James Franklin, kick-returner/slotback Kendial Lawrence and receiver Derel Walker were recognized for their efforts in improving the Eskimos’ record to 6-3.

Franklin shone in his first CFL start, completing 29 of 38 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. He also ran the ball four times for 51 yards and a TD.

Lawrence, a second-year Eskimo and college teammate of Franklin’s at the University of Missouri, broke a 64-yard punt-return touchdown to turn the game in Edmonton’s favour in the fourth quarter. He finished with 263 all-purpose yards in the game.

Walker continued his assault on the league with his third-straight 100-yard-plus game. He had seven catches for 164 yards and his first CFL touchdown. The rookie has 31 receptions for 472 yards in three games. He currently sits 11th in the league in receiving.

Reilly getting close to returning

The clock could be ticking on Franklin’s time as the Eskimos starting quarterback. Head coach Chris Jones told 630 CHED on Monday night that veteran QB Mike Reilly is “doing much better” rehabbing his knee injuries from the season-opener.

“He’s certainly very close to returning,” Jones said. “I told Mike the other day I’m not going to put him out there until he’s 100 per cent Mike Reilly.”

Jones said conditioning is a key factor to determine when Reilly returns to the lineup.

“(After) 10 weeks without being able to run … if you can get the knee to where it needs to be, have you been able to do what you need to do to get your lungs back?” Jones asked. “And if you have your lungs, do you have the throwing ability? There’s a lot that factors into it.

“Nate (Hay, the Eskimos head athletic therapist) and those guys have done a good job of getting him back healthy and he’s done an outstanding job of doing everything asked of him to get his knee back right.

“Now it’s a matter of him working on his conditioning and throwing, that kind of stuff, get back in the groove,” Jones added.

Jones said Franklin will start Monday’s Labour Day against the Stampeders in Calgary. The Eskimos will be looking for their first win at McMahon Stadium since 2011.

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Edmonton Eskimos kick-returner Kendial Lawrence  celebrates a touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts with a back-flip in the end zone at Commonwealth Stadium during a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 28, 2015.
 

Edmonton Eskimos kick-returner Kendial Lawrence celebrates a touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts with a back-flip in the end zone at Commonwealth Stadium during a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 28, 2015.

Photograph by: JASON FRANSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
Edmonton Eskimos kick-returner Kendial Lawrence  celebrates a touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts with a back-flip in the end zone at Commonwealth Stadium during a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 28, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos rookie receiver Derel Walker celebrates after scoring his first Canadian Football League touchdown in a game against the Toronto Argonauts at Commonwealth Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback James Franklin throws the ball during a Canadian Football League game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Commonwealth Stadium on Aug. 21, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos rookie receiver Derek Walker gets behind Toronto Argonauts defensive back Vincent Agnew to catch a long pass during a Canadian Football League game at Commonwealth Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos kick-returner Kendial Lawrence  celebrates a touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts with a back-flip in the end zone at Commonwealth Stadium during a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 28, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback James Franklin throws the ball during a Canadian Football League game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Commonwealth Stadium on Aug. 21, 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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