Bruce building chemistry with B.C. mates
By HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency
|Arland Bruce is taken down by Lions linebacker Travis Williams in Vancouver, B.C., July 22, 2011. Bruce has since joined the Lions roster. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters)
VANCOUVER - Arland Bruce III is adapting to his new life as a B.C. Lion.
But first, the self-proclaimed "King of the Jungle" must get acquainted with the other leader of the pack.
Bruce, who was traded to B.C. last week from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, is looking to build chemistry with quarterback Travis Lulay, and Tuesday's practice -- the first full one for Bruce as a Lion -- was a good start.
"It's baby steps right now," the 33-year-old receiver said. "I always want to have a relationship with the quarterback, so we will be on the same page. I did that when I was a rookie coming into the league with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I went to Khari (Jones') room at the hotel and said 'Hey, what do I need to do?' That's the type of chemistry you want to build."
Bruce compared Lulay with Tim Rattay, formerly of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, and the CFL's Cody Pickett. By that, he meant the Lions pivot was smart, vocal, and "a guy who's not thinking about numbers and is out there playing football."
"He's helping not just myself but the whole offensive line and running backs," Bruce said. "He never seems down or complains. That's an all-star QB to me."
Lulay reciprocated the kind words and said it's now a matter of prepping Bruce for his Saturday debut against the Blue Bombers.
"You can definitely see his talent level," Lulay said. "The biggest thing is getting him up to speed and getting him in touch with what we're doing. Once you learn the language, you can understand conceptually how everything works together. We've been spending extra time doing just that."
Bruce is also using his time to get to know his other new teammates.
"He has been really great in the locker room," Geroy Simon said. "He's going to be a spark for us. He's just trying to get to know people and see where he fits in. That'll take some time."
Bruce is expected to replace rookie Nick Moore in the starting lineup and move to a slotback position Friday while fellow veteran Kamau Peterson shifts to a wide receiver spot.
Playing role aside, the newest Lion just wants to keep grinding at practice and let his play do the talking.
"I like to lead by example, come out here and work, not run my mouth," he said. "I can show you that better than I can tell you."