Blue Bomber Report Record: 7–11–0
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Some things that have been rattling around in my brain since Sunday’s Bomber exhibition win over Montreal:
-So many players stood out for the Bombers against the Montreal reserves it’s worth a tip of the hat to GM Joe Mack and Director of Player Personnel Ken Moll. There were whispers around the CFL when those two took over this winter, along with Director of Football Operations Ross Hodgkinson, about how long it would take them to fire up their old list of contacts again.
Yes, it’s realllllly early, but the talent level of the new recruits has been impressive and Mack, Moll and Hodgkinson deserve credit for their offseason recruiting.
-I wasn’t nearly as down on Steven Jyles as many Bomber diehards. Sure he missed some open receivers and was picked off once, but there were also some decent moments. If he does win the No. 2 job behind Buck Pierce the offence will have an intriguing 1-2 punch that offers a different look to defences.
-The announced crowd in Toronto for the Argo-Ticat preseason game on Sunday was just over 12,000. Reading now there were closer to 5,000 there. Ouch.
-It’s about the re-entry policy that so many are complaining about... the police and liquor commission asked the Bombers to do something because of all the complaints about rowdiness. That shouldn’t be forgotten here. As well, there was no way to keep everyone content with the implementation of something like this. Those who like to slip out during a game – for whatever reason – are steamed. And those who wanted the Bombers to deal with those who over-indulge and act like morons during the game would have been howling if something hadn’t been done.
-Sounds like Dalton Bell, the ex-Roughrider prospect, stood out among the candidates vying for the Argo starting QB job. I think the world of Jim Barker, but whatever direction he goes -- be it Bell, Cleo Lemon or Ken Dorsey – that’s a huge question mark at that position.
-Lost in the Glenn January injury is this: the idea of the Bombers starting two imports on the O-line – January and Kelly Butler – hinged on adjusting the ratio elsewhere. Most figured the Bombers would look at starting two Canadian receivers in that scenario, but clearly Cory Watson and Jabari Arthur need more grooming.
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