Receiver shocked

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:57 PM ET

Chris Brazzell wants to leave his next impression with his legs and hands, not his mouth.

Brazzell, who was acquired by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Monday for Kamau Peterson, learned his lesson earlier this season when he spoke out in the media about being under-utilized in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive scheme.

"Right off the top it was crazy," said Brazzell, a high-profile free agent signing who had 22 catches for 252 yards and two touchdowns in six games with the Tiger-Cats this season. "The media pumped me up so much, putting me in the paper every day. Everybody thought I was going to have eight to 10 catches every game and 100 yards every game and it doesn't work like that all the time, especially when you're the newest guy on offence."

Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman isn't concerned about Brazzell's outburst earlier this season.

"It's not the nature of his character to be outspoken," Taman said yesterday from Mankato, Minn., where he's scouting the Minnesota Vikings training camp. "I've heard a lot of good things about him -- he's a straight-shooting, business-like kind of guy."

Brazzell, who stands 6-foot-2, weighs 199 pounds and suited up previously with the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions, signed a lucrative free agent deal in the off-season with the Tiger-Cats but things simply didn't work out as planned.

"I still really don't know what to say about the whole situation, the trade shocked me when I got the call," said Brazzell. "I don't know why I was traded but I'm glad that I'm here. I spent the off-season training to be one of the best offensive receivers in the league. I feel like a new player, I've got to prove myself all over again."

Brazzell, who had 68 catches and 1,111 yards and six touchdowns in 2003 with the Lions, is hoping to use his size and speed to stretch out opposition defences.

His first chance will come against the Tiger-Cats on Saturday night at Canad Inns Stadium.

"It's going to be weird, but I'll be very excited," said Brazzell, who had 49 catches, 906 yards and a career-high eight majors last season. "I'll be a little nervous. I would love to have a good game against them."

Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley is excited about adding Brazzell to the mix and creating a potent double threat at the slotback position with Milt Stegall.

"(Brazzell) has caught the ball productively for three teams," said Daley. "We made a trade that helps our team today and in the future. We've seen him be a very fast receiver, a very sure-handed receiver and is a very competitive guy with good size."

As far as Peterson's comments about being a scapegoat for the Blue Bombers struggling offence, Daley was unfazed.

"That's a human reaction, an understandable one," said Daley, noting he had a chance to speak with Peterson yesterday morning and wished him well. "Obviously, we would have a different philosophy on it and we certainly did not intend to make him a scapegoat, nor did we intend to make Dave Mudge a scapegoat for the O-line. We made those (two) trades to, in our opinion, improve our club."

Daley said his increasing confidence in the remaining Canadian receivers in camp -- Jamie Stoddard, Gilles Colon and Chad Rempel -- made it easier to trade a non-import for an import.


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