Position battle of the day ... Safety

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

DONNAVAN CARTER

The 31-year-old Toronto native needs to lose a few pounds because he figured he'd be playing linebacker for the Ottawa Renegades this season, but the coaches aren't concerned. Carter has been getting reps with the first-team defence, and secondary coach Gregg Butler loves what he brings to the table. He displayed his skills with a nice pass knockdown on a safety blitz yesterday.

SHAWN GALLANT

The Windsor, Ont., native became the Bombers starting safety late last season after Wes Lysack was traded. He was already in tough to retain that job after the signing of Carter, and now he's on the sidelines after hyper-extending his knee.

IAN LOGAN

The Bombers signed this Waterloo, Ont., native right out of Wilfred Laurier University in January, and he looked mighty fine during last week's rookie camp. His reps have been limited in main camp, but he has the skills. "What a surprise," said Butler. "He's got the speed, and he works his butt off at all positions -- corner, halfback and safety."

JOHN SULLIVAN

The sophomore out of Waterloo, Ont., might be third on our depth chart, but Butler warned us not to jump to conclusions. "Sullivan is talented," said Butler. "One thing about Sullivan is he has a lot of ability. He has more ability than you think he does." He was getting valuable second-team reps yesterday with Gallant out.

OVERVIEW

There were rumblings that the Bombers might look for import talent at this position, but they say they're impressed with the talent they have. Carter appears to be the leader of that pack, but Butler said they won't know who's No. 1 until the real bullets start flying during next Friday's exhibition game against the Montreal Alouettes.


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