Some Bomber fans want to know when the veteran Stoddard is going to get the chance to be a full-time starter. Others believe his time is up. If the first week of camp is any indication, he still deserves a chance to start. "He's a smart player, he doesn't make mental errors, and he comes up with the big catch 99 times out of 100," said receivers coach Bob Dyce. "... I'll always have a lot of confidence in Jamie Stoddard."
The 2006 draft pick out of Windsor has impressed observers with speed and toughness. He's had trouble holding onto the ball consistently and hasn't really turned on the burners yet, but Dyce believes that's because he's thinking too much. "For a rookie receiver, Arjei offers some of the skills that are similar to an import, with his ability to make people miss and his speed," said Dyce.
This last-minute addition to camp has really come on strong in the last few days. He has good size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), solid mitts and usually finds the holes in the coverage. "He isn't blessed with blazing speed, but he makes up for it with his smarts," said Dyce.
This late-season addition from 2005 may have the best hands in the group, but he doesn't have the fastest wheels. However, said Dyce, "Scotty's always going to make the tough catch."
University players Blair Atkinson and Jeff Schieman are performing much better than expected, said Dyce, while sophomore Chad Rempel has watched all of main camp with a hamstring injury.
If the season began tomorrow and the Bombers started a non-import in the fifth receiver's slot, Stoddard would be the man. Franklin, however, is only going to get better with time. It would be difficult to say goodbye to Robinson and Ray, but speed -- or lack thereof -- might kill their chances of staying.