December 12, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall says he's still learning a new system and a new league but vowed to be better when the Bombers face the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on Saturday.
Hall threw two interceptions last Friday in a 53-17 loss to the B.C. Lions and was yanked after the first half. He will get the start again this week but his task won't be any easier against a ferocious Calgary pass rush.
Hall said one interception last Friday came when the ball slipped from his hand and the other was the result of a bad read. "I'm going to correct it and it won't happen again. I will never in Cover Zero throw that ball out there again," Hall pledged in regard to the bad read.
"It's a mistake. I'm still new to this league, I'm still learning a lot, we've got a new offence we're still trying to learn... We just have to eliminate the turnovers and the big mistakes. If we do that, we're fine. But we just haven't been able to do that."
The Bombers turned the ball over seven times versus the Lions and have had, by far, the most turnovers of any team in the league this season.
There is some offensive help on the way, however. Bombers head coach Tim Burke said both guard Steve Morley and slotback Cory Watson will return to the lineup this week after missing the last few weeks with injuries.
But there are also now new question marks on the defence heading into Saturday. Burke said defensive backs Jovon Johnson and Demond Washington both suffered ankle injuries in the B.C. game.
Neither man practiced today. Burke said Johnson is likely to be healthy in time to play this weekend, but Washington is questionable.
Meanwhile, Burke explained that RB Bradley Randle was cut today because he refused to sign a contract with the Bombers.
Burke said the team hoped to move Randle from the practice roster to the full roster this week, but the player didn't want to sign a contract because his agent believes he still has some NFL opportunities.
The Bombers will add five more players to their practice roster -- to go along with two they added earlier today -- when the CFL expands its practice rosters on Wednesday, Burke said.
The struggling Winnipeg Blue Bombers continued to make changes this morning, announcing they’d added two new players to their practice roster while cutting another.
The newcomers are import RB Mario Fannin -- an Auburn product who spent the last two full seasons on the Denver Broncos injured reserve -- and DE J.D. Griggs -- an Akron product who was a late training camp cut this year of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bombers also announced today that they cut RB Bradley Randle, another recent NFL cut whom the Bombers picked up as a free agent recently but who never actually played in Winnipeg.
The Bombers will practise at Investors Group Field this afternoon for the first time since the team was throttled 53-17 by the B.C. Lions last Friday to fall to 2-11. The Bombers play next in Calgary this Saturday against the West Division leading Calgary Stampeders.
Updated on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM CDT:
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