C.J. Gable gives the Eskimos ‘extra punch’ at running back

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Eskimos running back C.J Gable is healthy and primed for the playoffs.

“He’s our starting back for a reason. He gives you that extra punch. He’s got the most experience. Ultimately, he’s an every-down back for you: he blocks extremely well, he runs the ball hard, he catches the ball out of the backfield,” head coach Jason Maas said.

“He’s a big, tough, physical running back. He’s upwards of 225-230 and he brings it. He don’t go down easy. He’s going to look for contact. He also has really good feet too, he can make you miss in space.”

Gable suffered a knee injury against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 17 and hasn’t played since. But he’ll be back in the lineup for Edmonton when the Eastern Semi-Final kicks off in Montreal on Sunday.

“Just the way he plays, he’s a physical back, so he’s not going to be able to be available to you every week and we understand that. He’s not young as a running back. But when he’s healthy, he’s as good as anybody,” Maas said.

During 14 regular season games, Gable produced 1,001 rushing yards, fifth most in the league, and two touchdowns on 205 carries (4.9 yards per carry) while catching 53 passes for 417 yards, 333 yards after the catch, and one major.

The 32-year-old has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Esks. Edmonton puts a fresh, healthy Gable back in action for the post-season.