Now that Brock Ralph has been sent to the sidelines and Adarius Bowman is no longer with the Bombers, I decided to look at the receiving numbers put up by the club this season. I have no real motivation to do this – no real point to prove – I’m just a little curious as to what the figures look like now that two players who were expected to put up 1,000-yard seasons are no longer starting in River City.
1. Thirteen players have caught a total of 282 passes for the Bombers (seventh in the CFL). As you’d expect, Terrence Edwards leads with 66 catches, while the feared receiving trio of Brandon Stewart, Jon Oosterhuis, and Jamayel Smith each have one reception. FB Andre Sadegian has two catches (12 yards), for those scoring at home. Bowman had 50 catches before his release. Now that he’s gone the next receiver behind Edwards is…wait for it…running back Fred Reid. His 35 catches currently puts him in second spot, one ahead of rookie Terence Jeffers-Harris.
2. Receiving yardage for the Bombers clocks in at 3,966 yards, good for fifth in the league. Edwards, again, leads the way with 1,234 yards – good for 31 per cent of the club’s production through the air. Bowman is (was) second with 691 yards, with rookies Greg Carr (457) and Jeffers-Harris (441) next on the list. Ralph is fifth with 394 yards. Bowman and Ralph have combined for 1,085 yards for Winnipeg (27 per cent). That looks like big chunk of change out of the attack but neither were really doing much of late, anyway.
3. Just because the figures are so lopsided, let’s take Edwards out of the lineup for a second. Just for fun (or as much fun as you can have with numbers). So not only have the Bombers lost the output from Bowman and Ralph, but with the 1,234 yards on Edwards’ card gone, Winnipeg would have a starting lineup of Carr, Jeffers-Harris, Chris Davis (184 yards), Cory Watson (149), and Aaron Hargeaves (115). The total yardage those guys have put up this year: 1,346. That’s just 112 yards more than what Edwards has by himself.
4. The reason for that last point? Edwards better not get hurt. Ever.
5. Edwards is second in the CFL in receiving yardage. Now that Bowman is no longer with the club, Carr is the next on the Bombers active pass catcher list with 457 yards. That puts him 30th in the league. His 22 catches is good for 43rd on the master list. Remember, Carr has only appeared in four games. That was a pretty good catch by the Bombers, wouldn’t you say?