Ryan making waves

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Former Bombers punter Jon Ryan is winning the punting battle against incumbent B.J. Sander through three days of Green Bay Packers training camp.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Ryan, a Regina native who starred in Winnipeg for the past two seasons, is displaying the strongest leg at Packers camp since Pro Bowler Craig Hentrich in the mid-1990s.

"He can boom it," receiver Donald Driver told the Press-Gazette.

In the first session last Friday, and with the wind at their backs, Ryan had an average of 64.3 yards on eight punts, while Sander managed only 48.3 yards.

Ryan's average was almost 10 yards longer than Sander's in the second session and more than 15 yards farther in the third, which took place indoors.

Packer officials are excited about Ryan's leg strength, but they want to see how he performs in a game. He'll play in his first scrimmage on Saturday and then make his pre-season debut on Aug. 12 in San Diego.

Other ex-CFLers to watch in NFL training camps this year include Cincinnati Bengals DE Rashad Jeanty (Edmonton), Washington Redskins RB Jesse Lumsden (Hamilton) and, of course, Kansas City Chiefs QB Casey Printers (B.C.).

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