Stoddard makes case

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

If the Winnipeg Blue Bombers brass goes strictly by the numbers, they could very well have two Canadian receivers in their starting lineup.

Sixth-year non-import slotback Jamie Stoddard emerged last night as the favourite for the fourth and final receiver position up for grabs in Winnipeg's training camp.

Milt Stegall and Wane McGarity look good to line up at the slotback spots, and Kamau Peterson, who had three catches last night for 27 yards, appears to have a lock on one wideout position.

Stoddard made a great case last night for the other spot. He had four catches for 45 yards in Winnipeg's 23-9 exhibition finale loss to the Edmonton Eskimos at Canad Inns Stadium.

There are five players still hoping to land the starting role, but Stoddard showed some great hands after dropping several passes in the last week of camp.

Here's a review of the five pass-catching hopefuls and their performances last night:

- Stoddard -- His four catches and 45 yards were both team highs, and two of those receptions were for first downs. He was quiet in the first half, but quarterback hopeful Russ Michna found him three times in the fourth quarter.

- Vinny Sutherland -- He had one catch for 14 yards. This highly touted recruit was hampered by a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in last week's exhibition opener, but after a sluggish start last night he showed off his speed by hauling in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Michna in the fourth quarter. However, it was called back by a holding penalty.

- Elgin Hicks -- He had three receptions for 28 yards. Playing the wideout position, he made smart plays to get open, and, with two of his catches, he earned first downs for the Bombers.

- Gilles Colon -- The second-year, non-import had one catch for 10 yards and a first down, but he dropped what would have been close to a first down late in the fourth quarter.

- Scott Cloman -- He just arrived on Tuesday after getting cut by the Eskimos and had only one ball thrown his way. It was incomplete.


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