Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke says incumbent Mike Renaud is right now winning the battle to be the club's punter this season.
"I think Mike Renaud is really punting the ball well. He really did a great job today, I thought," Burke said Friday.
Asked to rank the performance of his four punters to date, Burke gave the front-runner position to Renaud. He said seventh-round draft pick Billy Pavlopoulos has a slight edge right now on Brett Cameron for second spot. Aussie punter Tim Hutchison is in fourth place, Burke said.
The Bombers had just one practice at Investors Group Field on Friday and it had a heavy emphasis on special teams.
The ranks of sick bay also continued to swell Friday, with cornerback Jovon Johnson and linebackers Rene Stephan and Sam Pope among the new players sitting out with what Burke described as tweaks and soreness.
Other players who were sitting previously and were still sitting on Friday included receivers Chris Matthews, Rory Kohlert and Isaac Anderson, linebacker Henoc Muamba, centre Mark Dewit and running back Chris Garrett. None are seriously injured, Burke said previously, but Kohlert could be out at least another week with a hamstring injury.
Also on Friday, the Bombers made official that they are approaching 25,000 season ticket sales, a new franchise record. The club said there are just five more days left to purchase season ticket packages.