Newest Blue make their debuts

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

There were more new faces at Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice yesterday afternoon.

Aside from the additions of offensive linemen Dan Goodspeed and John Feugill, non-import wide receiver Chad Rempel and import defensive back Brad Franklin joined the team for yesterday's workout.

MUCH-NEEDED NON-IMPORT

Rempel, 24, was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos in 2004 and attended Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp this past spring. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Sherwood Park, Alta., native was a star receiver with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

"We need a Canadian receiver right now," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "We have no Canadian receiver to back up Kamau Peterson and Jamie Stoddard, given that Gilles (Colon) is still in a cast with a broken hand."

Franklin, 26, signed with the Eskimos last September but was cut from their training camp this spring. He played with Carolina, Jacksonville and Seattle in the NFL. Franklin, a 6-foot-1, 184-pound natural cornerback, will work out at halfback with the Bombers.

"He's been a very physical player in NFL Europe and in the NFL," Daley said. "We want to see how he adjusts to our defence and his footwork and his coverage skills."

The foursome's arrival means some roster tinkering must now be done. The Bombers sent offensive lineman Jean-Francois Ostiguy home yesterday, and GM Brendan Taman said there will be more cuts before Thursday's home game against Calgary.

BACK AGAIN: It appears non-import WR Jamie Stoddard will be starting Thursday night against Calgary in place of import Scott Cloman.

"I want to be on the field, obviously, and if I'm going to be starting, then hopefully I can play to the point where I never come off anymore," said Stoddard, who has been in and out of the starting lineup during his five-plus years with the team. "That's basically the way I'm going to approach it."

Stoddard wouldn't admit it during training camp, but he had a pulled hamstring which hampered his productivity.

"It was a hurt, not an injury, because I was able to play through it the whole time," he said. "It was just nagging more than anything."

The hamstring is healed, so there's nothing to hold him back.

"I'm looking forward to it," Stoddard said. "I'm ready to go."

INJURY FRONT: SB Milt Stegall didn't practise yesterday at the advice of the team doctor, while QB Kevin Glenn tossed some balls but didn't do any running.

OL Jermese Jones is sporting a cast on his broken left hand, but he still took reps yesterday at left tackle. It appears he will battle newcomer Dan Goodspeed for that starting spot.

"I can't let (the injury) affect me," Jones said. "I'll do what I gotta do to keep my position."


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