Bombers practice, Sept. 27

- September 27th, 2012

The Blue and Gold held their final practice of the week in preparation for Saturday’s game against the Argos.

There seems to be real optimism around the team that it can actually put together a winning streak for the first time in more than 13 months — especially with Jarious Jackson getting the start in place of the injured Ricky Ray.

Jackson is 3-1 against the Bombers in his career, but he hasn’t started a game since August 2010. That’s quite a long time. That should at least give the Bombers a head start on Saturday, but it will likely still be a close game.

Here’s what else is up …

• Kick returner Demond Washington didn’t practise on Thursday. Head coach Tim Burke informed the media it was because of a sore toe that has been giving him problems all season. He’ll play on Saturday.

• Johnny Sears was back in the secondary after missing the first two days of practice.

• I had a chat with Chris Matthews on Thursday about his not making a catch last week. He said defences are going after him now, which makes sense. He was quite pleased about his big block last week against the Ticats, though, and he explains why he never forgets to block in Friday’s Sun.

• I had a chat with Matthews’ agent earlier this week, who said no talks about a contract extension have taken place. Matthews is still under contract next year, so there’s no rush, but you wonder if the Bombers are trying to lock him up for a couple more years. Then again, I’m sure Matthews is thinking about the NFL, too, so he won’t want to become too committed to the Bombers.

• I was wondering the other day which player would be Winnipeg’s most outstanding player if the voting happened this week. I then realized I wasn’t 100% sure. Normally you know at this stage of the season, but no one is a surefire No. 1 right now. So I decided to look at the candidates in this column. Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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