Blue Bomber Report Record: 5–3–0

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Silence speaks volumes

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-The Bombers have yet to announce their practice roster players, although almost all of their rivals did so on Friday. It’s not a big deal to the casual fan, but the lack of an announcement is curious and leads us in the media biz to only speculate that they are tinkering with their extras or looking at cast-offs from other teams.

We keep hearing around the loop that the Bombers may be interested in FB Lyle Green, cut adrift by B.C., even though he is 34. Remember, new Bomber offensive coordinator Jamie Barresi worked with Green in Vancouver and if you wanted a veteran to help groom Daryl Stephenson or Andre Sadeghian, he’d be a good fit.

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But chemistry and continuity also count a lot in building a team and here’s a bit from head coach Paul LaPolice on that subject:

"If you do a total turnover I think you lose valuable experience from guys who have been through it. I’ve had conversations with three or four veterans about situations and different things. Doug Brown and I have talked... those are the guys that have to lead the team through crises. There’s going to be adversity we face this year and how we handle it will be more important than any win or loss. We’ve already had adversity. We already lost our starting left tackle (Glenn January), we already lost our long-snapper (Chris Cvetkovic) before the season even started. That means we have to step up and go to the next guy and sometimes those are the things those veterans who have been there before can help with.

"All veterans probably isn’t good and all rookies probably isn’t good, either. It’s got to be a good mix and I think we have the right mix."

-For what it’s worth, LaPolice didn’t want to reveal all 24 of his starters too far in advance of the regular-season opener, but did confirm that Marcellus Bowman will replace Siddeeq Shabazz at weak-side linebacker. That’s not a newsflash for anyone who watched Bowman blow up people in training camp.

As well, Dorian Smith was named the starting D-tackle alongside Doug Brown. That said, it doesn’t mean that Don Oramansionwu won’t get some turns in there, especially in the heat of the summer and with D-line coach Richard Harris looking to keep his charges fresh.

With Clint Kent injured for Week 1, we suspect the Bombers will have to decide between Brandon Stewart and Alex Suber for the other halfback spot.

The Bombers are back on the practice field Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

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