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James Franklin just spent three years backing up Mike Reilly, and with his contract set to expire in February, it’s a foregone conclusion there won’t be a fourthCALGARY He turned a one score game into a two score game.
Why on Earth would Jason Maas decide to kick a field goal when trailing by seven in the West Division final?
On third and four the red zone less than two minutes left of just going for it and leaving his defence with better field position to come up with a stop if the attempt failed?
It will go down as the biggest question of the Edmonton Eskimos 2017 season.
Not that the answer will do anything to change the fact the roller coaster of a 7 0 winning streak, followed by an 0 6 losing streak, followed by a 6 0 winning streak finally came to a disappointing stop in Sunday 32 28 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
Fans were robbed of a chance to see how the game really would have ended had the head coach of the comeback kings of the Canadian Football League not tossed in the towel on his top ranked points producing offence at the most crucial time of the season.
But that ride over.
It time to get in line for the biggest question of the off season: What will happen with James Franklin?
The promising young quarterback just spent three years backing up Mike Reilly, and with his contract set to expire in February, it a foregone conclusion there won be a fourth.
So, with the Eskimos sticking with Reilly which they no doubt will, especially considering they have a rookie general manager in Brock Sunderland, who isn looking to rock the boat with Edmonton hosting the Grey Cup next year, even though it might be a tantalizing opportunity to get younger at the position and still get something in return where will Franklin go?
not sure. I still under contract until February and I haven heard from any teams or anything, Franklin said. don even know what going to happen to me. Lions, if Jonathon Jennings heads south, have varying degrees of questions at quarterback. Lions GM Wally Buono was shopping his up and comer around.
much as you try to come up with a thousand different scenarios, we don know, Franklin said. toughest part is just being patient and see what going to happen, but it definitely exciting.
While the body of on field work is small, the words passer aren usually used to describe quarterbacks who made their way through the vaunted halls of Commonwealth Stadium.
really fortunate for how my career went, I really thankful for that, said Franklin, whose playing duties diminished under Maas. lot of guys say I should have been a starter right away, but I thankful for the time as a backup and the PR because I got to develop and I got to see how it was done good or bad I got to see that. didn start a game this year. Aside from one game in Montreal, where he was brought in to light a fire under an under performing Reilly,
he ended the season with a spot duty 142 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 13 of 19 passes.
His three season total since being brought to the Canadian Football League by then Eskimos coach Chris Jones reads: 116 of 176 passes, 1,449 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 145 yards on 18 carries.
The six foot two, 225 pound Missouri product is 2 1 in career starts over the previous two years, with both wins coming over the Toronto Argonauts and a loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Labour Day in 2015.
It not like Franklin was biding his time outside the classroom, either, having spent off season time working with throwing coaches
mechanics, if you look at the film from my first year here until now, changed dramatically, said the 26 year old native of Oklahoma City. been able to do that, and I been able to take more risk in practice and trying new things in practice because I don necessarily have to worry I guess I should say about playing, I can test the limits in practice.
I been really fortunate for this developmental time, and hopefully next year, I do get an opportunity, but I really thankful for the time I got to sit back and see how it done and try to adjust my game and my leadership to what I think needs to be done to lead a successful team. being said, there are only nine professional starting quarterback jobs at any given time available in the entire country.
was thinking about that all the guys out there that don just play quarterback, but every position out there really, to get a starting spot anywhere is difficult, Franklin said. fortunately, it does seem like I have a good opportunity to get that, but I know I still going to have to work hard and earn it.