Blue Bomber Report Record: 3–15–0

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  • The Bombers seemed pumped up for practice Tuesday, as players loudly cheered each other from the sidelines during a boisterous couple of hours. Maybe the urgency of the squad's situation is ratcheting up the energy level, or maybe it's just that hope springs eternal. "They know what the situation is," head coach Tim Burke said. "The other thing too is not just the urgency, but realizing that either Winnipeg or Hamilton or Montreal is going to host the eastern semifinal. We're all one game away. We have just as good a chance at hosting the eastern semifinal as those guys."

 

  • Expect to see Paul Swiston get the start at right guard for the Bombers Friday night vs Hamilton.

The Bombers have been unhappy this season with the play of veteran guard Steve Morley and have given Swiston first-team reps at practice this week and told him he would start this week in place of Morley.

Swiston -- a fourth-round draft pick by the Bombers in 2011 -- will be making just his second career start.

"I've got to prove myself still, but I'm just happy to get the opportunity," said Swiston. "It's a great opportunity. I'm really excited about it."

Morley has never missed a game or start since joining the Bombers in 2009, but Bombers head coach Tim Burke said Swiston has earned the long-awaited opportunity.

"I just think he's come along," said Burke. "We would have liked Paul to have come along a little faster, but it's taken a little longer than we wanted and we're hoping to get more production out of him."

 

  • Special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson knows Sandro DeAngelis awfully well: the kicker was a superstar under Dickenson's watch in Calgary. While Dickenson voiced confidence in DeAngelis' experience, he demurred at anointing DeAngelis the starter for Friday's game against the Tiger-Cats. "We'll decide, but basically we want to roll 'em both out there, and whoever looks like they have the hot hand, that's who we'll probably go with," he said.

 

  • On the injury front, receiver Cory Watson -- who was injured in practice last month -- was on the field Monday but stayed off on Tuesday. That doesn't mean he's regressed, Burke said. "He was just out there to see how far he's come along," Burke said. "He's probably still two weeks away."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 14, 2013 D3

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