The Bombers completed their first workout of 2010 with about 40 players on the field Wednesday afternoon, including Obby Khan who wanted to work on his shotgun snaps and Jabari Arthur, who has permission from the league to work out after coming off a major injury.
Who we liked:
-Hard not to notice the size among the new receiving recruits, especially Will Franklin (6-0, 210, Missouri), D.J. Hall (6-3, 190, Alabama), Chris Ioannides (6-4, 228, Queen’s), Terence Jeffers-Harris (6-2, 220, Connecticut) and Cory Watson (6-2, 204, Concordia). Of that crew, we thought Watson really looked comfortable and Jeffers-Harris made arguably the best catch of the day. Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice said the Canadians usually have an edge early in camp because they are accustomed to the motion and running to the line of scrimmage before the ball is snapped. What made Watson so impressive is just how smooth he is in his route-running and his ability to get behind coverage.
-Of the defensive backs, many of whom are pushing to be the next Jonathan Hefney and push for starting work, former Cal star Bernard Hicks jumped out as did Jason Tate of North Alabama and Alex Suber of Middle Tennessee. Hicks was occasionally drawing praise from defensive coordinator Kavis Reed during the practice and already seems to have a grasp on the defence. Couple that with the fact he really likes to hit people and the Bombers may be on to something.
-All four quarterbacks had their moments standing out, but no one dominated. We will say it will be shocking if Buck Pierce isn’t taking the first snap in the opener on July 2nd. I talked to both Pierce and Brink afterward for a story that will appear in Thursday’s paper.
-RB Anthony Woodson, drafted in the fourth round by the Bombers, was in attendance but is sporting a boot on his left foot. He had surgery after the evaluation camp this spring and before the draft, but the Bombers want him in every meeting and soaking up as much as possible before he returns to the University of Calgary.
The Bombers announced the signing of Watson and Chris Greaves -- both draft picks – today and should announce Thursday that LB Chris Smith of Queen’s has also signed. He was on the field today.
Thursday and Friday’s practice sessions go from 9:30-11:15 am. and are open to the public.
Worth noting, the Bombers had initially indicated that Sunday’s first full training-camp practice would be open to season-ticket holders only but – realizing that’s not the smartest marketing tool – are mulling over reversing that decision now. Expect the first workout with the entire team will be open to everybody.