This is the first i have ever heard in Winnipeg of this happening, unless i missed it before and it is not uncommon for new player's in any league wanting to get going sooner than training camp. Now i have no resourses to back this up, but heard it through a very good source who works in The Winnipeg Sun Admin dept. at CanadInns Stadium.
Mack-Lapo and other management and coaches have said they would be happy to see some of the newer player's in Winnipeg before camp to get a head start, of course this would be done on the player's own time and money. So far it appears that Brink, DiMichele, Santos will be in town sometime this week with Buck and Jyles not far behind. A load of new player's want to be in town at least a week before camp begins.
I know they cannot officially start training camp until whatever date it is, but if player's want to be here early on there own dime and time to start at least looking at the books, learning the rules and so on ..... No one can stop them. The Bomber's have secured Temporary Living spaces for the new player's and current CFL Bomber's are also opening there doors to the new guys.
Now with current Bomber's opening there doors for these new player's and many new player's WANTING to come here at least one week early tells me that we have a solid and positive group of player's on our roster with the Rookies wanting to come in early to get a beat on the rules, playbook and so on and the Vets even wanting to come in early and helping out by providing the rookies with living space in there own homes. This group is talented/positive and the overall team seems close knit already, i can sense the sportsmanship among all these player's and this is exactly what LaPo and Mack have been saying since the hiring.
Now i hang around the stadium alot (not stalking .. LOL) with a couple friends who work in some sort of small role with the Club, i even attended The Blue Lightning Tryouts this year, they keep getting better as well. Anyway's i have seen alot of BIG BODIES (people i did not recognize) coming and going out of The Bombers training room, i am sure these are some new player's that may already be here, if they are not player's than Mack should keep his eye on the parking lot for new talent as well cause one guy i seen must have been at least 6'6 and at least 300 LBS, it sure was not Buzz and Boomer i'll tell you that. This gives me the sense that there are already a few player's here.
I know it is not uncommon for player's to come by year round and hit the weights and so on ... heck some player's don't leave in the offseason. Now i am not too familier with new faces, but i can let you know that i have seen some vets coming out of the B&G Room, such as Edwards, Brown, Reid and Jovon. Either way football fever is already here in the Peg and with a load of player's here early already or on there way shows me that these player's are serious about this team, the fans and getting a beat (doing all they can to WIN).
GO BOMBERS GO:rockin: