Mr. Paranoid arrives

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Call him Mr. Paranoid.

Cornerback William Fields burst upon the Blue Bombers scene early in the season but tailed off badly when Winnipeg lost defensive co-ordinator Rod Rust. And the former Calgary Stampeder is still fighting off challenges to his job at this year's training camp.

"I go in every year feeling like I'm fighting for a job," Fields said yesterday. "I could have 15 interceptions the year before and I'd go into it like I'm fighting for a job.

"They tell me I'm paranoid all the time and I think that's a good thing. It helps me work harder and I'm never content with anything so, I'm always trying to work hard to get better. I always think I can do a lot better. They brought in some good competition and that helped me raise my level of play."

The six-year CFL veteran has been steady in camp.

"He's (Fields) been real solid," said Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry. "I don't think he's been flamboyant one way or another. I guess, when I look at guys, I look at them to be great or be terrible kind of thing so ya stand out."

SAFETY EDGE: The starting safety's job could be Ian Logan's, depending on how he performs under the bright lights versus the Als here tonight.

"I've got the Canadian advantage but it's hard to say," said Logan, who will battle imports Robert Grant and Ron Ockimey, both converted linebackers.

"Both of them are very good players but hopefully, I can bring more speed to the game while they bring more size.

"I'm trying not to think about it (earning a starting spot). But obviously, it's hard not to. I'm going to try to stay as focused as I can because it's all going to come down to mentally just being focused and able to display how I can play."


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