Well it wasn’t pretty on a hot and muggy day in Hamilton. The Bombers got behind early and having left behind 10 to 11 starters back in Winnipeg, saw their make shift and rookie laden defence torn apart by both Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter to the tune of 4 TDs and 3 FGs.
The offence didn’t fare much better with only one real touchdown and a couple of FGs to their credit.
Players who raised their stock: Terence Jeffers-Harris who had several good catches and showed he can run with the ball for significant YAC. Steven Jyles ended up with 152 yards passing in a little more than a quarter’s worth of play. Alex Brink received 3rd string playing time and while he had some some balls dropped by his receivers, he showed well with his decision making. Chris Davis made catches. Cory Watson showed well on special teams and came up with a TD catch as well. Marcellus Bowman flew around the field on defence and made several stops on special teams too. Adam Bestard stepped in as long snapper when Chris Cvetkovic went down with an injured leg.
Players who may have played their way off the team include the entire defencive line minus Dorion Smith who showed well enough to at least make the practise roster. The secondary saw guys like Bernard Hicks, Jason Tate and Keyuo Craver have up and down days as they were beaten for long plays several times while breaking up other downfield passes. Kick/punt returner Travis Shelton muffed two returns that were recovered by the Ticats and never broke a return for big yards.
On the injury front, joining Cvetkovic in not finishing the game was receiver Aaron Hargreaves with some kind of neck injury when his helmet was ripped off early in the game.
Winnipeg plays Hamilton on July 2nd and will have to play better on both sides of the ball to show that the optimism after beating Montreal in the first pre-season game wasn’t mis-placed. As they said about the win over the Alouettes, it’s just the pre-season and the outcome of the game doesn’t mean anything. Fortunately that applies to the Hamilton game as well because Winnipeg now has 12 days to put together a game plan to stop Glenn and move the ball on offence. After today it looks like they’ll need those 12 days.
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Written by Jim Penner
I've been a life long Manitoban and a fan of the Bombers just as long!