Would rather hit than test

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Adam Krajewski hates pylons, and Brendan Taman is fine with that.

Krajewski, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman out of Simon Fraser University, had a terrible showing at last year's CFL evaluation camp.

"I can't stand those standard tests," Krajewski, 23, said yesterday from B.C. "I would rather hit somebody and talk smack to them and do that kind of stuff before running a 40."

As a result, every team passed on him in last year's Canadian college draft, so he went back to school for his final year of eligibility, got his degree, improved his game and was named a CIS first-team All-Canadian.

That was all Taman, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM, needed to know, and he signed Krajewski to a contract yesterday.

SHOW UP AND PLAY

"He's not a tester," said Taman. "He's more of a game-time-show-up-and-play-and-I'll-fight-you kind of player, rather than running around pylons and doing all that stuff.

"He's not the greatest at that, but that's not what we want him to be."

Taman noted that B.C. Lions receiver Jason Clermont and Bombers offensive lineman Dan Gyetvai also struggled at their respective evaluation camps but have been able to carve out CFL careers.

Krajewski, who plays the guard position, just wanted a chance.

"Oh, I'm pumped. It's such a relief," he said. "I'm just so happy, because it's kind of two years in the making.

"... This is it. This is a dream that I've been wanting since God knows how young. I want to get this. I'm going to work really hard to get it."

The Bombers also signed non-import OL Tyler Tapp, 25, yesterday. Tapp, who is 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, joined Winnipeg's practice roster midway through last season.

"He's a very good athlete for a big man," Taman said. "If we can get his mental aspect of the game in place, he could be a pretty big player."

LATE HITS: Unlike the past few seasons, the Bombers will conduct a rookie camp this year, Taman said. Non-veteran players will report three or four days before main camp opens ... Winnipeg's main camp could start a week later than scheduled, likely on May 27, if the Ottawa Renegades don't play this year ... Speaking of the Renegades, local heavy hitter David Asper told the Sun last night he isn't interested in buying the floundering franchise ... Taman will shave his head next month to help raise money for the Never Alone Foundation and CancerCare Manitoba. He is hoping to raise $10,000 through pledges before April 10. Call the Bomber office at 784-2583 (ext. 0) if you want to make a donation for the GM to lose his locks.


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