Puttin' it on the line

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

First, he played his inaugural match with his new team against a squad that he had just played the week before.

This week, newly-acquired centre/guard Aaron Fiacconi will line up against the one that just traded him when Winnipeg plays host to the Montreal Alouettes in a CFL match at Canad Inns Stadium tomorrow night.

"I was actually quite impressed to see we've got great football players around us here in Winnipeg," Fiacconi said after playing the Eskimos in Edmonton last Friday. "It's a definitely underestimated football team. Our defence is rock-solid and there's a lot of talent on offence. I had a good time out there. We almost got our first win and, in due time, it will come to us."

The Blue Bombers sent veteran tackle Dave Mudge to Montreal to acquire Fiacconi last week.

"I got thrown into the mix pretty quick here," said the 6-foot-3, 304-pounder, who also called the blocking assignments. "But (offensive line) coach (Mike) Gibson and a couple of the other offensive linemen -- Matt Sheridan and (Mike Abou-Mechrek) -- were in my ear the whole game and helped me out as much as they could. It definitely made my job a little easier coming in and helped me just go out there and play football. (But) playing centre's going to be a little different."

So will lining up against the defensive linemen that he practised against in Montreal.

"I've got the old boys coming into town so, it's going to be a little different," said Fiacconi, 25. "I practised against them the first three years of my career. So, there's going to be a lot of talking along the line of scrimmage there. I'm looking forward to seeing them. It's going to be kind of funny, in a game sense, looking at (defensive tackles) Ed Philion and Rob Brown, guys like that who I've played with for years. But we'll have to get after it. It's going to be a real battle in there."

He will be wary of the extra blows that Philion has been known for delivering on the sly.

EDDIE'S STYLE

"That's Eddie's style, man," Fiacconi said with a grin. "That's what he's known for. He's that kind of football player. With that veteran savvy, he's a talented football player so, I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing him."

Bomber head coach Jim Daley believes Fiacconi will be up to such challenges after the way he played against Edmonton.

"Fiacconi was solid as a rock, very, very good on his snaps," he said. "We had limited shotgun snaps because we had seven bad ones prior to that. Now, we're going to expand the shotgun package a bit. He's very physical and played really well for us.

"He's an addition we'd been looking for since we lost Moe (Elewonibi, who was released)."

The O-line only surrendered two sacks versus Edmonton but Fiacconi knows it will have its work cut out trying to protect quarterback Kevin Glenn against his old teammates.

"It's going to be a challenge for our offensive line to neutralize their pass rush and keep them off our quarterbacks," he conceded.


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