Interception means he's the pick

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:44 AM ET

Every day, it seems, Doug Berry singles out the same Blue Bomber hopeful.

"I hate to keep sounding like a broken record but there goes No. 90 (Adrian Baird) for another touchdown on an interception," the Winnipeg head coach repeated yesterday.

Berry has referred to Baird, who has been converted to linebacker from defensive end, as the surprise of camp thus far.

"I'm impressed with him," Berry said. "He's a non-import with great size and good ability. (But) he still has a couple of pre-season games to ultimately test him."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Ottawa product was not about to get a swelled noggin, though.

"I haven't been reading the papers but they're just being kind, I guess," said Baird, 26. "I've been doing OK out there. The guys in camp call it the three-day hump because it takes a little while to get your legs back under ya. I guess I have the seven-day kind of hump because I'm still making mistakes out there.

"That (pick) was my saving grace. I wasn't real happy with the way I played out there because I have to raise the level of my play and just pick it up out there. It's kind of like I've got a messy room and I've just got to tidy things and it get it all in order."

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Now that non-import Ibrahim (Obby) Khan has been moved to centre, another gate has swung open.

"If I'm an import tackle, there's a door opening for me," Berry said. "People have been talking about this being a non-import offensive line and if Khan goes to centre, maybe it's not going to be. I'm not committing one way or another. We're going to find who the best five are and we'll go from there. We're going to go with our best offensive line and it starts at centre. We're good enough at most positions now where we feel like we don't have to make a change ratio-wise."

TV STAR: An ESPN crew was in town yesterday to do a story on ex-NFL RB Onterrio Smith for its Outside the Lines program, despite the fact he is still sidelined by a foot injury.

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Former Bomber punter Jon Ryan has some stars in his eyes while trying out for the Green Bay Packers.

"I went into the cafeteria one night for a snack and (quarterback Brett Favre) was sitting with a couple of coaches," Ryan told the Regina Leader-Post. "I kind of grabbed a plate of food and tried to get as close to him as I could without disturbing him, just so I could say I was close to him. It was a pretty cool experience."


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