Roster continues to evolve

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers roster continued to evolve on the opening day of rookie camp.

The Blue and Gold officially signed cornerback Gabriel Fulbright yesterday and agreed to terms with running back Tellis Redmon and cornerback Jazzmen Williams.

A fourth newcomer, receiver Andrae Thurman, was en route to Winnipeg last night.

Redmon and Fulbright were two of approximately 25 Bombers who took part in yesterday's two-hour opening session at Canad Inns Stadium, and head coach Doug Berry singled out both players after the workout.

Thurman and Williams also should be on the field at 9 o'clock this morning, when the rookies and first-year CFLers continue to work out in preparation for main camp, which starts Sunday.

Redmon, 27, played his college ball at Minnesota and spent time in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks, although he didn't get much action.

Thurman, 25, appeared in 17 games for the Green Bay Packers over the past two seasons and had three catches for 52 yards in their Christmas Day loss to the Chicago Bears.

Fulbright and Williams are both 23-year-olds straight out of college. Fulbright starred at New Mexico, while Williams played at Boston College.

Another player from yesterday's workout who earned Berry's praise was linebacker Donny Green, who is a lean, mean 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds.

"Donny Green is in incredible shape for a linebacker," said Berry. "He's a behemoth. He's so put together, and he runs pretty well."

ONTERRIO WATCH? Berry said he won't be keeping a close eye on RB Onterrio Smith, who has been suspended three times by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy.

"I want to treat these people as men," he said. "I'm not going to keep tabs on them. If they don't know how to be a man and control their own lives, then they do not belong here."

THE MAIN MAN: Berry said his first day on a football field as a head coach was a little odd.

"I just felt a little awkward not being able to jump in the middle of a drill and coach it up the way I would be coaching the quarterbacks or coaching the O-line, which I've done all my life," he said.

LATE HITS: The Bombers will have four guest coaches at training camp. Football Manitoba's Rob Baillie was on the field yesterday, and he will be joined by former Ottawa Renegades defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry, Winona (Minn.) State co-offensive co-ordinator Bryan Hiller and Manitoba Bisons offensive co-ordinator Jeff Stead ... Berry and disgruntled RB Charles Roberts reportedly smoothed things over during a phone conversation earlier this week ... GM Brendan Taman said cornerback Lawrence Richardson, whom the Bombers signed in March, has apparently decided not to pursue a CFL career.


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