Bomber happy to play musical positions

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

First, he was a defensive back, then a middle linebacker, then a safety, then an outside linebacker.

And now, Robert Grant is a safety again. Or at least an experimental one as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers desperately search for someone who can fill that bill before the CFL's regular season starts.

Grant, however, seemed unperturbed at his latest switch.

"I guess that's the big part of the Canadian game, you've got to be able to move around with the ratio," the veteran import said yesterday. "With the limited number of Americans you can have, the more positions you can play the better.

"I came to camp prepared for that and really ready to pay multiple positions to help the team out anyway possible. I like them all. If I could play all 12 positions, I'd play them all. But whatever gets me on the field, I'm ready to play."

The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Hawaii product came to Winnipeg in the dispersal draft of Ottawa Renegades players, so he is familiar with defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall, who held the same position in Ottawa.

"That familiarity helps me out, kind of knowing the defence and what to expect," said Grant, 25, a four-year veteran.

"Maybe somebody can do both (play safety and linebacker), so he brings more value to the team," said head coach Doug Berry.

Donnavan Carter, who has been converted back to linebacker, can also do both while linebacker Ron Ockimey has also been converted to safety.

ONTERRIO TO PLAY IN QUEBEC: Ex-NFL tailback Onterrio Smith, who will suit up for Winnipeg's next pre-season game in Montreal on Thursday, is taking nothing for granted.

"There's going to be no holding back," said Smith, who has been hobbled by a foot injury. "I'm just trying to make this team. There's a lot of competitors, a lot of competition going on so, of course, I've got to get out there and show some good things and show them what I'm capable of doing."

Berry has been impressed with Smith's attitude, and his talent.

"I can see why he's been a good back in the past," he said. "He runs like a thoroughbred does. He high-knees through the line of scrimmage and carries himself really well when he's carrying the ball. It's going to be interesting to see him doing what we do. He'll get enough work to get an evaluation."

HASHMARKS: Berry will take three QBs to Montreal and Kevin Glenn will be one of the three ... C Obby Khan, who will play in Montreal, is calling the blocking signals now ... Still sidelined with injuries yesterday were: receivers Jamie Stoddard (charley horse, day-to-day) and Chad Rempel (hamstring, day-to-day), DB Kelly Malveaux (hamstring, week), FB Lenard Semajuste (knee, indefinitely) and DB Jazzmen Williams (undisclosed) ... The Bombers are back on the practice field today at 10 a.m.


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