QB Jarret Doege to start preseason finale for Edmonton Elks

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The Edmonton Elks will be rolling with an inexperienced offence for their final preseason game on Friday in Vancouver.

Quarterbacks McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Tre Ford will not dress for the game, leaving control of the offence to second-year pivot Jarret Doege, who threw for 587 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions. Malik Henry is also expected to see significant time under centre, while Woodrow Trey Lowe III and Cole McDonald vie for a short-yardage role.

Receiver Dillon Mitchell, who has posted 1,169 yards and eight touchdowns in two seasons with the Elks, is the only projected starter working with the first-team on offence, though he did not start with the top group last week. His replacement, Malik Flowers, will also first-team reps in this game, along with Jerminic Smith and veteran Canadians Hergy Mayala and Gavin Cobb.

On defence, former NFL first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche will continue to start at defensive tackle with most of the rest of the top unit sitting out. Leon O’Neal Jr. will start at strong-side linebacker and Marloshawn Franklin Jr. will start at safety as the team attempts to sort out who will be the counterpart to veteran Loucheiz Purifoy at either spot. Field halfback Devodric Bynum and defensive end Eric Black will also start at otherwise vacant spots, while Reynard Ellis and Nick Anderson get the nod at linebacker for a second straight week.

The Elks will wrap up their preseason against the B.C. Lions on May 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Final cuts have to be made by 10:00 p.m. local time the following day.

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