IT'S hard to imagine the Blue Bombers not finding a spot for Anthony Woodson when the final 46-man roster is announced a week from today.
The 24-year-old from Calgary turned in one of the more highlight-worthy plays in the 22-10 win over the Alouettes Thursday, hauling in an Eric Wilbur pass and taking it 23 yards in the second half. It was Woodson's first touch of the game, and it wasn't easy by any stretch.
With apologies to Wilbur, who makes his living as a kicker, it was a tough pass to grab. When the football floats up there for an extended amount of time, wobbling like a wounded duck, a lot of things go through your mind.
"Catch the ball, catch the ball, catch the ball," said Woodson, when asked what he was thinking before the pigskin finally dropped. "Once I caught it, instincts kind of kicked in there."
The play actually featured a blown assignment on the Winnipeg end. One of the players at the line was to spill off and block the free defender on the play. Instead, Woodson, a 2010 draft choice, turned around and made a couple moves to get out of trouble, managing what could have been a five-yard loss and a turnover into a first down for Winnipeg.
The 6-foot, 210-pound tailback played on all four special teams Thursday. Woodson has ambitions to line up on offence one day like fellow non-imports Andrew Harris (B.C.) and Jon Cornish (Calgary), but that jump is still a ways away.
"Talking to all the coaches who have coached me in the past, and former players, they gave me a good picture on how I have to make this team -- and that's on specials," Woodson said.
On the subject of Wilbur, he had a good reason for the lack of spiral on the pass to Woodson.
"Oh man. High school?" Wilbur said of the last time he'd completed a pass. "Yeah, I'd say high school, because all my fakes in college, I ran. Yeah, it's been a long time."
-- with files from Paul Wiecek
Winnipeg returned from Montreal in relatively good shape, with only a few minor bumps and bruises. One exception: rookie receiver Paul Hubbard, who left the contest with a shoulder problem. No official word on the severity yet (an update is expected today), but the fact his arm was in a sling after the game suggests it could be serious.
"The young guys performed really well once they got that first half of the first quarter out of the way. Everybody settled down a bit." -- QB Alex Brink's take on the early struggles on offence Thursday. Winnipeg's attack, made up of mostly rookies, started the game with a pair of two-and outs before finally overcoming the jitters.