Blue Bomber Report Record: 5–3–0

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Rain, sleet, snow: Training camp Day 4

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STARS OF THE DAY: DB Jason Tate picked off another pass and stood out again, but we also liked the work of LB Thaine Carter and DE Phillip Hunt on a day when the rain-soaked footballs looked like they were coated in grease and as difficult to pick up as a wet bar of soap.

BIG HITS: Maybe it was the rain or the long days of camp setting in, but the intensity was cranked up a notch or two on Wednesday. Safety Brady Browne lit up receiver Adarius Bowman with a big hit but, to his credit, the veteran pass-catcher came back almost immediately and put in another solid day’s work. As well, Carter – the Queen’s linebacker who was injured last year at camp – smacked Yvenson Bernard hard on a swing pass out of the backfield and has been steady since the first day of rookie camp.

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Worth noting here is that even though the offensive gameplan is still being implemented and team’s don’t want to showcase too much during their preseason games, the Bomber attack already has a lot of motion and a variety of formations.

QB WATCH: Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice said there hasn’t been a whole lot of separation among the four pivots yet, but did concede – as expected – that Buck Pierce and Steven Jyles are battling for one and two with Adam DiMichele and Alex Brink in competition for the third QB spot on the roster.

LaPolice added that his coaching staff was to have a meeting on Thursday to discuss how to use their personnel in Sunday’s preseason game against Montreal, but confirmed that Pierce would see some action.

HANDS OFF: Interesting moment in the second session when Bomber defensive end Phillip Hunt exploded off the end to get into Pierce’s mug before laying off and resisting the urge to plant the QB into the turf. That brought some screaming and yelling from everybody – the quarterbacks wear yellow practice jerseys all year as a reminder they are not to be manhandled – before LaPolice asked the second-year end to come over for a quick chat.

"He was close to Buck," LaPolice said with a grin. "Coach (Richard) Harris was standing next to me and he was yelling, ‘Don’t touch him! Don’t touch him!’ I called Phillip over and just said, ‘Good pass rush.’ And Richard said, ‘Well, I’m going to yell at you don’t touch the quarterback. He can say what he wants.’"

GONZO ALONZO: The Bombers have released WR Will Franklin, the former Missouri star and fourth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. Franklin pulled up lame in rookie camp with a bum hamstring and because he was going to need another week to recover, the club opted to move on with so many receivers taking turns impressing.

WALKING WOUNDED: S Ian Logan (neck); WR Travis Shelton (hamstring); DB Nick Kordic (concussion); OL Ryan Donnelly (knee); DB Jovon Johnson (knee) and DB Donald Brown, Jr. (undisclosed).

THURSDAY: Just one short practice scheduled from 11 a.m.-noon at Canad Inns Stadium.
 

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