Bombers drop Peterson

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have traded Canadian receiver Kamau Peterson to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats....

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have traded Canadian receiver Kamau Peterson to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The trade will be made official today. (File Photo)

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are starting to shake things up in the wake of their worst start since 1999.

The Bombers traded struggling wide receiver Kamau Peterson to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last night for fellow troubled pass catcher Chris Brazzell.

An official announcement is expected to take place today.

Peterson, a non-import, and Brazzell, an import, will face their old teams this Saturday night at Canad Inns Stadium when the Bombers (1-6) take on the winless Tiger-Cats (0-6).

"If I am playing, when I come out and get booed like I normally do, at least it'll be warranted, because I'll be in other colours," Peterson said last night.

"That was one thing I've always wondered about. I get booed here more than I do on the road.

"These fans love their football, and I'm sorry I couldn't give it to them the way they needed it."

Peterson's stint with the Bombers began last April with much fanfare. Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman even called it one of the most significant acquisitions of his tenure.

In the end, however, Peterson, 26, turned out to be one of Taman's biggest duds. Peterson was expected to lose his starting job with the club this week due to his propensity for dropping passes.

Peterson doesn't think that would have been warranted.

"It just seems like everything I do is kinda magnified to a degree," he said. "To be factual, I've got five drops on the year. I'm not leading the team in that category."

The 26-year-old, who had 62 catches for 931 yards in 2002 with the Calgary Stampeders, managed just 50 receptions for 637 yards last season.

Through seven games this year, Peterson has just 15 grabs for 218 yards and no touchdowns.

It's the balls that Peterson didn't catch, however, that will be his legacy in Blue and Gold.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Windsor, Ont., native started at slotback last season but had several key drops midway through the campaign and was moved to the wide-side wide receiver position.

"They moved me over to that big side, and it's a long way out there," he said. "You're talking one or two balls a game.

"It's tough, because I really feel like I can make plays."

He was hoping for a new start this year with the new coaching staff, but he was put at wide-side wideout once again and his struggles continued. He dropped a pass from Tee Martin late in a 21-15 loss to Calgary on July 7 that he possibly could have taken to the end zone.

Then, just this past Saturday night in Calgary, he dropped another one on a simple out pattern that would have given the Bombers a first down.

He was pulled from the game later when he ran a poor route that resulted in an interception and then didn't give enough effort to haul down the defensive back, head coach Jim Daley said.

"I didn't really understand why I was being pulled," Peterson said. "We had seven drops in the first half. I had one. I wasn't playing poorly."

Brazzell, meanwhile, had been having second, third and fourth thoughts about his decision in February to leave the Grey Cup runner-up B.C. Lions and sign in Hamilton as a free agent.

He complained about not getting enough passes, but he followed that up with a drop at a key moment late in a loss against the B.C. Lions on July 23.

The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Brazzell had 68 receptions for 1,111 yards and six touchdowns with the Lions in 2003, and he followed it up in 2004 with 49 catches for 906 yards and eight majors.

The 29-year-old has 22 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns this season.


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