Douglas making progress, but not enough

- July 10th, 2012

Heat was the order of the day again on Tuesday as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-2) took the field in preparation for Friday’s tilt with the Edmonton Eskimos (1-1).

“It was really hot, but the guys fought through it,” said Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. “We’ve got some guys in some new spots, but the tempo was good. We’ve practiced hard every week. We have to make sure we have great focus in crucial points and that’s what I’ve been trying to stress all week.”

There was a positive development as tackle Andre Douglas was doing a lot of drills on his own during the workout, but LaPolice said it didn’t look like he would be ready to go this week.

That means the Blue Bombers will go with Glenn January and Jordan Taormina at tackle, Steve Morley and Chris Greaves at guard and Justin Sorensen at centre for the second consecutive week.

Our main story for paper deals with the changes to the secondary caused by injuries to linebacker Brandon Stewart and halfback Alex Suber. We’ll also have our daily notes package, which includes some praise from a prominent former CFLer.

Colleague Kirk Penton laid out the changes on Monday in this blog and in the paper at www.winnipegsun.com, so we spoke with the two guys moving into the starting lineup this week: Deon Beasley and Darrell Pasco.

Beasley seems excited about getting back into the starting lineup after missing the first two weeks, but seemed to downplay the significance. He suggested he still wasn’t 100% last week after dealing with an injury and then dropped a great third-person quote about facing Steven Jyles, who is certain to try and come up with a bounce-back performance after getting benched last week.

“Steven Jyles is going to play Steven Jyles football. That doesn’t affect us,” said Beasley. “At the end of the day, we’re the Blue Bombers and we’re trying to win. We’ll see.”

Pasco will be making his first start and is excited about it.

“Just to be in the lineup is a blessing,” said Pasco. “I’m just ready to go. You’ve got to take care of your own job. We have to play assignment football and we have to execute.”

LaPolice was adamant Jonathan Hefney was fine sliding into the SAM linebacker spot vacated by Stewart. We’ll aim to speak with Hefney either Wednesday or Thursday for his views, but we’re guessing he’ll say he’s fine with it and there’s little question he’s the best option available right now.

LaPolice will have one other decision to make on offence, as he’ll need a new backup running back with Anthony Woodson out with an undisclosed ailment this week.

It will either be Canadian Nathan Riva (who was added on Monday) or import Will Ford, who has caught LaPolice’s attention since he was added to the practice roster.

That’s about it for today.

Back on the Blue Bomber beat throughout the weekend and we’ll be reporting live from Edmonton for this week’s live blog on Friday afternoon.

Be sure to join us as we discuss all things Blue Bombers.

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