The giant and the freak

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

We interrupt the grim reality of the present to bring you a glimpse into a potentially bright future.

It involves the Blue Bomber receiving corps. The same one that’s caused fans to chew fingernails, lose hair and throw breakable objects at their TV sets this season.

If you can somehow look past the drops of Adarius Bowman and the all-too-often invisibility of Brock Ralph and Aaron Hargreaves, you can actually find a reason to get excited.

Two big reasons, actually. One an imposing 6-foot-6, with hands, the other a natural athlete with size, speed and power.

The giant and the freak.

In rookies Greg Carr and Terence Jeffers-Harris, the Bombers employ a mouthwatering tandem that could be running around, running through and jumping over opposing defenders for years to come.

“I wish I was their size,” veteran Terrence Edwards was saying, Thursday. “Man, they’re some real athletic guys. Greg is a legit 6-foot-6, and T.J. is just an athletic freak. He can take the hits in the middle and just keep going. They bring a lot to the table.”

At 25, Carr is the old man, three years older than Jeffers-Harris.

What he’s done here in just three weeks — 16 grabs, 373 yards and three touchdowns — is startling. Going into Sunday’s game in Montreal, he’s Winnipeg’s hottest pass catcher.

“He’s picked up the offence well in a short period of time,” Edwards said. “And he’s brought another dimension to the game that a lot of people don’t have: a 6-foot-6 wide receiver. His wingspan is probably seven feet. And he’s a natural pass-catcher.

“You underestimate his speed and he’ll be by you. He did it that first Montreal game and hopefully he can do it again.”

It’s hard to believe anybody could overshadow the start Jeffers-Harris had here, but Carr has done it, rolling up 185 yards in his debut against the Alouettes, then breaking the century mark again, Monday, in the overtime win over B.C.

T.J., as teammates call him, piled up 152 yards and two majors Week 2 against the Argos, averaging some 80 yards a game before going down with an ankle injury, Week 4.

“Look at him, he’s got a great body,” Edwards said of Jeffers-Harris, using words we’re guessing he’s never used before to describe a teammate. “He’s made some plays this year, before he hurt his ankle, that were just unbelievable.”

Jeffers-Harris hasn’t regained that groove in his two games back, but if he does, with Carr on the other side of the field, the mind boggles at the possibilities.

“I know, I know,” Jeffers-Harris said, his smile saying it all. “I was enthused when he first showed up. I watched Greg Carr at Florida State. When he showed up, I was surprised and shocked for him to be here. And now we’re doing it together. I like that.”

So does the head coach, who must go to bed at night dreaming up new plays in his head.

“It allows you to think and be creative: where’s a great matchup to get this guy on?” Paul LaPolice said. “Those two have got great potential.”

I’m thinking Jeff Boyd and James Murphy potential.

The only fear is they might become too good, and then it’s, “Hello, NFL.”

“This team gave me an opportunity ... and if I end up here I’m satisfied,” Carr said. “If I end up down there, it’s the same thing. I’m going to continue to work to get better.”

They’ve got a good role model in Edwards.

And the Bombers’ top receiver has plenty of incentive to see them get better.

“It helps me a lot,” Edwards said. “Other teams can’t double you and try to scheme to take one player out. And if they do, they’ve got to deal with 6-foot-6 and an athletic freak.”

Intriguing, isn’t it?

Even if it doesn’t erase 4-10.


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