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Winnipeg Blue Bomber Rookie Mini Camp recap

The Winnipeg Blue Bomber rookie mini training camp has come to a conclusion this week. Despite all of the talk about the CFLPA strike the Blue Bombers staff and players have been focused on

We’re trying to give them a good start so that when the veteran group comes in, they’re competing at that level; they’re not behind in their process,” said Mike O’ Shae . “You’re just trying to give them as much information as you can, walk them through a pile of stuff and get them really comfortable with terminology, basic plays, our standards of work so that you’re comparing more apples to apples than apples to oranges.

“You do observe and you’re making notes, but it’s more about trying to help these guys get to the level they need to so they can compete when they vets come in.”

May 14 which was also the conclusion of rookie mini camp was supposed to be the day the CFL rosters were cut down to 85 players. That date is now pending with the CFLPA strike coming to fruition. This can play in favor of the Blue Bomber coaching staff and the players. The players get more time familiarize themselves with the terminology, basic plays, and the teams standards. The coaching staff gets more time to evaluate the players and embrace “change” for the Blue Bombers 2022 season.

Change and not being comfortable has been the two reoccurring words from the Blue Bomber and it could be the key for Grey cup championship number three.

“We’re going to have different guys on our team, so it is going to be new for everybody and, although we laid down a good foundation and we like what we see and some of the things we built here. There is still a part that says you have to tear a bunch of it down again and relearn it, so everyone learns it from that same foundation. I don’t know if feeling comfortable is going to serve us at all,” said Mike O’Shea.

Blue Bombers have made a couple of roster moves releasing linebacker Robbie Lowes, transferring American quarterback Chase Litton and American defensive back Tyrique McGhee. The Blue Bombers have also added American defensive back Jamal Parker.

Key Dates( subject to change):

  • May 23 – Preseason #1 — Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders, 4 p.m., Mosaic Stadium
  • face the Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • May 27 — Preseason #2 — Edmonton Elks at Blue Bombers, 7:30 p.m., IG Field
  • June 4 – End of training camp
  • June 10 — Blue Bombers regular-season opener vs. Ottawa RedBlacks, IG Field, 7:30 p.m

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LaMark Wylie Jr. Reporter
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