the Bombers look to sign a Receiver

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Suddenly, there is a dearth of receivers in the Winnipeg camp.

With receiver/kick receiver Albert Johnson III out with a shoulder injury and two Canadian pass-catchers -- Darryl Ray and Chad Rempel -- still recovering from injuries, Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman was desperately seeking a receiver yesterday.

Taman was hoping to sign one in time for today's practice.

Because Johnson is also a kick returner, the Bombers must also decide who will assume that role for their CFL home-opener versus the Toronto Argonauts on Friday. Import receivers Andrae Thurman and Quentin McCord handled some return duties in the pre-season.

"(Defensive back Gabriel) Fulbright is quite capable, too, but he's not even on the roster right now," Taman said.

Although tailback Charles Roberts was once among the CFL's best kick returners, Taman was not about to bring back ex-NFL tailback Onterrio Smith to spell him off.

TOP THREE: New middle linebacker Barrin Simpson sees lots of promise on the defence.

"It's a matter of learning how to win," he said. "We've got a lot of guys with a lot of heart in here. Like I said in the beginning, I feel that we're going to be a top-three defence in the CFL. (But) we've gotta get rid of the penalties."

Yo Murphy is still available.

Darnel Mcdonald