THE Bombers added two new Americans to the practice roster on Thursday, as they continue to get a head start scouting players for next year's squad.
The new additions are defensive end Michael McAdoo and offensive lineman Cordaro Howard, who played 10 games with the Buffalo Bills in 2010 and earned four starts.
Head coach Tim Burke said the team is interested to see how Howard might figure into one of the four remaining games this year, although he and acting GM Kyle Walters must work out who they can activate off the practice roster while staying under the salary cap.
"I think Cordaro, just like (Dan) Knapp and (Jarvis) Jones, I think they're more athletic than some of the guys we've got, and they're younger," Burke said. "They got a good chance in the future."
Although it's Howard's first time in the CFL, the 26-year-old Alabama tackle saw some familiar faces in Bomberland, including practice-roster pivot Levi Brown. Indeed, despite offers from several CFL teams, he chose Winnipeg to reunite with Bombers offensive co-ordinator Marcel Bellefeuille, who he played under for a few weeks with the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks last year.
"I'm hoping to just come in and get acclimated to the system and how they do things over here," Howard said. "After the first day, I don't see it as a big transition from the NFL to here, other than the defensive linemen being one yard off. That's kinda different. Other than that, it's not different at all. Same tempo."
The other addition to the mix, McAdoo, is a massive 6-7 defender who joined the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in May 2011. He tore his Achilles tendon in early 2012, which forced him to miss the entire NFL season, and the Ravens let him go earlier this year.
- The Bombers are curious to see what recently-acquired defensive end J.D. Griggs can do in a game, and they're set to rotate him in against the Alouettes on Monday. Griggs worked out with the Jacksonville Jaguars this year but was released just before the season started. That's when the Bombers scooped him up, and so far Bombers head coach Burke has been impressed by the the 22-year-old's athleticism.
"He reminds me of Alex (Hall) a lot," Burke said. "Probably a little bit stronger than Alex. I don't know how good of a speed rusher he is... but the one thing he'll be able to do that Alex could do is bull rush. So if he can go speed to bull, that's a huge thing in this league."
- Defensive back Demond Washington may miss another week, Burke said, as his ankle injury flared up in practice on Thursday. Slotback Terrence Edwards, who was banged up, practised Thursday and should be ready to play in Montreal. Defensive tackle Zach Anderson was too sick to practice on Thursday, but is expected to be good to go on Monday.
-- Melissa Martin