Position battle of the day ... Punter

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

TROY WESTWOOD

He's not necessarily the incumbent, but the perception is it's his job to lose. The 15-year vet was the team's full-time punter in 2003, and he desperately wants to get the job back after Jon Ryan left for the NFL over the winter.

BRIAN CLAYBOURN

The CFL rookie out of Evansville, Ind., has the tough task of convincing coaches management that he is a way better punter than Westwood, because CFL teams don't give up a roster spot to an American punter very often.

OVERVIEW

Head coach Doug Berry wouldn't give an assessment of either player yesterday, because he wants to see how they play in Friday's exhibition game. Therefore, we'll make our own call: Claybourn has shown enough to take up a valuable import roster spot and be the team's punter. He is able to kick consistently farther than Westwood into the wind and gets better hang time. But like Berry said, the only thing that matters is how they perform Friday night, and Westwood finds a way to win more often than not.


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