June 08, 2010
Despite the wet weather outside, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers continued their Training Camp today for day three as preparations begin for the team’s first preseason game on Sunday. Coach Paul LaPolice decided to let the players practice without shoulder pads – but that didn’t mean anyone was practicing with less effort.
The defence stood out today as the players begin to get more comfortable with the system. Defensive back Brandon Stewart continues his stellar play and picked off a pass during the team drills. Stewart has been a constant force for the Blue Bombers since camp opened on Sunday and the second year player hopes to crack the lineup as a starting half back when the regular season begins.
Keyuo Craver spent all of last year at the corner position on the defence but the coaching staff has opted to try him on the inside. However, today Craver was put back on the corner and was singled out on a few occasions by defensive coordinator Kavis Reed for his great play.
On the offensive side of the ball, runningback Emmanuel Marc continues to impress the coaches and on one play, he found a hole in the defense and was able to spring past the linebackers for a nice gain. Marc knows he’s competing against Fred Reid and Yvenson Bernard for a spot on the team but if he keeps working as hard as he did today, a tough decision might be looming for the coaching staff.
Guest coach Jermese Jones took a few of the offensive linemen for some extra reps after practice. Jones played with the Bombers from 2003-2006 and was seen helping Chris Greaves get better acquainted with the O-line. Greaves played on the defensive line in college but the coaches like what they see from him on the offensive side and he is benefiting from getting to learn from a CFL veteran like Jones.
The Bombers will hold day four of their Training Camp tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. as they continue to prepare for Sunday’s matchup against the Montreal Alouettes.
Stars of the Day
DB Brandon Stewart
DL Remond Willis
DE Phillip Hunt
DB Keyuo Craver
OL Kelly Butler
Quote of the Day
Despite competing against other linebackers for a spot on the roster, linebacker Chad Nkang does his part to help out the younger players. Nkang offered advice from the sidelines during team drills: “Don’t even think about it, just react!?