DB wants to prove Esks wrong

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

The newest member of the Winnipeg secondary is determined to make his old team remember the one that got away this week.

Defensive back Brad Franklin, released by Edmonton earlier this season, vowed to be a different player than the one Blue Bomber fans witnessed during the game against Calgary last week.

"I thought I had an all-right game but I didn't play as well as I wanted to do," Franklin said yesterday. "I was doing too much thinking just coming in fresh. I wasn't as aggressive as I normally play. But I'm going to change a lot and you're going to see a totally different Brad Franklin this week."

Franklin, 26, also wants to perform well against the team that that cut him.

"It's almost like a homecoming for me," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound import, who signed with the Eskimos last season. "There are a couple of cats on the team that I still keep in contact with. And to play in that stadium again will be a real treat."

Some of those cats, however, will be receivers out to embarrass him, like Ed Hervey, Derrell Mitchell and Jason Tucker.

"Even if you know their tendencies, they have some great players across the board so, you have to bring your A game whether you know them or not," he said. "(Edmonton quarterback) Ricky Ray is very talented and Jason Maas also, if he gets into the game.

"But I'm not intimidated by that team because nobody in the CFL is like a juggernaut. You've seen Ottawa beat Montreal and Edmonton just got beat by Montreal."

HASHMARKS: Import DE Antwone Young suffered a knee injury during yesterday's practice and sat on the sidelines with it wrapped in ice. If he cannot go, that would allow the Bombers to keep import WR Vinny Sutherland on the roster, even with veteran SB Milt Stegall (concussion) returning to play Friday as the club had already been dressing three import DEs ... Canadian DB Boyd Barrett (neck) will be replaced by either S John Sullivan or DL Martin Lapostolle, head coach Jim Daley said ... Although QB Kevin Glenn (ankle) has been practising, he is not ready to return just yet ... the Bombers practised on grass yesterday to prepare for the natural turf at Commonwealth Stadium ... OL Aaron Fiacconi, acquired from Montreal for OL Dave Mudge, is not only slated to start at centre on Friday, it will also be his responsibility to call the blocking signals for the O-line, Daley said ... Renegades head coach/GM Joe Paopao told the Ottawa Sun that the Bombers had offered Mudge to them four weeks ago for a first-round pick and cash.


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