The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Edmonton Elks matched up on Friday for the first pre-season game of the year. The field was riddled with new faces for the defending Grey Cup Champions but ultimately fell to the Elks in a 30-20 loss. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives to take away from this loss for the Blue Bombers.
The biggest positive was the offense’s ability to drive the ball down the field. Mike O’Shea was very impressed with the two quarters Dru Brown and Dakota Prukop play in the game.
Brown took snaps in the first and third quarters where he completed 10 of 13 passing attempts for a total of 108 passing yards and one touchdown.
Prukop lined up behind the center in the second and fourth quarters where he completed five of 14 passes for a total of 81 passing yards. he also rushed for 18 yards which included an eight-yard rushing touchdown.
CFL veteran LB Adam Bighill was also impressed with the team.
“I saw some glimpses of some great plays and great efforts,” said linebacker Adam Bighill. “It was good to watch and that’s what these games are for – evaluating – and seeing how guys play with pads on when the lights are on.
“It was entertaining. Some big plays and guys putting out their best performances because this is when it counts. Guys know you’ve got to take advantage of opportunity, and that’s right now.”
Offense: Dru Brown, QB – Brown had a very solid performance, he moved the ball down the field effectively only missing on four passing attempts and finishing the game with 0 interceptions.
Defense: Malik Clements, LB – Stepped in at middle linebacker after Adam Bighill exited. He led the Bombers with six tackles and a sack.
Special teams: Greg McCrae, RB – With neither kicker attempting an FG, the game ball was awarded to McCrae, who returned three kickoffs for 54 yards, a missed field goal for 24 yards, and one punt for nine yards.
The Blue Bombers have made a few roster changes after the first pre-season game.
The following player below were released by the Blue Bombers
Mike Hampton (DB)
Will Evans (DL)
Marlon Character (DB)
Keyion Dixon (WR)
Evan Holm (DB)
Alfred Green (DL)
The Blue Bombers also brought in American offensive lineman Cameron Durley and Canadian defensive end Rossini Sandjong.
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