It was another chilly day for Winnipeg’s only practice of the week on Thursday. They will have a walk-through on Friday and then battle the Stamps on Saturday.
Here’s what’s happening:
• Joey Elliott will make his seventh start of the season after Buck Pierce failed to gain medical clearance following his concussion two weeks ago. Pierce was on the field with a helmet, but he didn’t do much. You can tell he’s frustrated and would love to be left in a room for a few minutes with the doctor who won’t clear him to play.
• Head coach Tim Burke said some interesting things about Elliott and the kinds of defences he faces. He doesn’t do well against man-to-man coverage, and the Stamps are a man-to-man team. Elliott’s numbers against man coverage are vastly inferior to his numbers against zone teams. It’ll be interesting to see how he does against Calgary.
• Burke confirmed that Cory Watson, Kito Poblah, Alex Hall and Bryant Turner Jr. won’t play against the Stamps. Those are four starters who play a significant number of snaps. I can’t recall the Bombers losing four starters like that from one week to the next.
• It looks like we’ll get to see what receiver Kurt Adams can do in his first pro start. The former Harding University star has played only one game since joining the Bombers last September, so you can bet he’s champing at the bit to get out there.
• As I reported would happen last week, quarterback R.J. Archer was added to Winnipeg’s practice roster on Thursday. I saw him throw one pass into the wind, and it was a mighty nice and tight spiral. Other than that, I didn’t see him do much. I’ll keep an eye on him for you, though.
• The Bombers also put another import tackle on their practice roster to replace Lee Barbiasz, who bolted after one practice last week. The true test will be if James Carmon, who is 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, is still around tomorrow after practising in today’s frigid conditions.
• Finally, I ran across this story on the Internet today. Not that it’s a surprise, but Investors Group Field is being called a “problem project” by the company in charge of building it, and it’s costing people their jobs. Not good. The interesting part to me is that the stadium is going to be turned over to the Bombers next month. Here is the link.