Brazzell feels bond with Glenn

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:07 PM ET

It should be an interesting week for Chris Brazzell.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver will be going back to Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium on Friday to play the Tiger-Cats, who traded him for Kamau Peterson on Aug. 8.

Brazzell signed with the Ticats as a free agent in the off-season, but his sloppy start in Steeltown, the team's 0-6 record at the time and his claim that the media blew a quote out of proportion led to the trade.

In the two games since the deal, Brazzell has six catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson, meanwhile, has five receptions for 37 yards and one score for the Tabbies, who are now 0-8.

The Bombers are 2-0 since acquiring Brazzell, who already feels a strong bond developing with quarterback Kevin Glenn.

"Me and Dave Dickenson were great (in B.C. two years ago)," Brazzell said after Friday night's 38-17 win over the Ottawa Renegades. "I had 1,100 yards that year, and Casey Printers came back and I had another great year. The chemistry with those guys was good.

"Glenn and I have started something. He knows now that I can go up and get the ball or I can run by the DB. Now that he knows that, maybe I'll get some more.

"Next game we've got to keep going. I've got to make sure that when my number is called, I've got to make the best of the opportunity."

WOUNDED CAT: The Tiger-Cats are bound to win a game sooner or later, and Bombers head coach Jim Daley is hoping his 3-6 squad isn't the victim.

"Hamilton currently is struggling, and we have been there," Daley said. "We still have a long way to go before we're out of the woods. Hamilton is a very capable team that has not had the success in terms of the wins yet, and we don't want it to start this week.

"We need this game. It's a big, big game for us to put us back in the hunt, and our mindset better be very clear that we need to play great football."

The Bombers are tied with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-5) for fourth in the West Division. They are two points back of the Calgary Stampeders (4-4) and -- believe it or not -- just four behind the second-place Edmonton Eskimos (5-3).

LATE HITS: One day after saying DT Doug Brown (foot) and SB Keith Stokes (shoulder) were probably going to play this week, Daley backpedalled a bit yesterday. "Both are questionable, but not out of the picture yet," Daley said. "I'll know better again, as usual, the first day of practice." ... The Bombers resume practice today at 3:15 p.m. ... Winnipeg, which did have a 10-day break a few weeks ago, is the only CFL squad that technically hasn't had a bye week yet. Ottawa gets its first break of the season this week.


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