Position battle of the day ... Cornerback

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

OMAR EVANS

The five-year CFL veteran led the Bombers with five interceptions last season and is performing well in camp. He's always on with the first-team defence and looks good to keep his starting spot.

WILLIAM FIELDS

Another five-year vet who played with the Bombers last season, Fields must show that he can bounce back from a sub-par finish to 2005. He had four interceptions in his first five games last season but didn't record one the rest of the way. He also is practising with the first-team defence.

STANFORD SAMUELS

The sophomore Bomber, who played halfback last season but is a natural corner, appears to be Fields' top competition at the wide-side spot. "He might be the fastest of them all," said secondary coach Gregg Butler.

SIDNEY HAUGABROOK

The last-minute camp addition hasn't exactly stood out, and his days might be numbered unless he steps it up. Butler said he's working hard but has some areas in which to improve.

JAZZMEN WILLIAMS

He's only 5-foot-8, but he more than makes up for it in athleticism. "He's the shortest of the guys, but ... he's very quick and he makes up for it with his great vertical leap," said Butler. Williams also has been lauded for his special teams abilities.

BOYD BARRETT

Butler said when he watched the former University of Manitoba Bison on film, he was like an "empty wagon" -- out of control. But he's shown big signs of improvement. "He's settling down," said Butler, "and he's beginning to understand how to play the position."

OVERVIEW

Butler said Evans and Fields are "working their butts off" to keep their starting jobs, but it's too early to call them the winners. "My mindset right now is I just don't have a clue," he said. "It's so close, and they're all working really hard."


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