Rookie makes the cut

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

Arjei Franklin not only survived the final cuts but the rookie receiver is expected to make the trip to Montreal, where the Blue Bombers will open their CFL season this Friday.

But Franklin spent a pretty anxious weekend awaiting the official word on his fate.

'PRETTY NERVOUS'

"I was pretty nervous but the things is, it's out of your hands and you're just sitting there waiting and hoping that they like what they saw," Franklin said after his first official practice yesterday. "I was just sitting there, saying my prayers, hoping for the opportunity and it came. So, I was pretty excited about that and just to say that I'm a Blue Bomber is a great feeling, especially my first year."

It is the second straight year that a player who submitted a daily rookie diary to the Sun made the team (although Scott Mennie got cut this year).

"It feels great," said Franklin, 24. "You practise as hard as you can and the opportunity comes and it's a dream come true. This is what your goal was and to finally realize it, it's amazing. My family's pretty excited. It feels good but the truth is, now the real, work starts because now you're getting paid for it and you've got to make sure you're professional with it because there's no room for error any more."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Windsor product has also switched to No. 86 because that is what he wore in college.

BAGGS REMAINS: While Franklin has made the full roster, rookie defensive end Stevie Baggs has accepted a move to the seven-man practice roster.

"Just to be here is a great opportunity and you can bet your butt I'm going to work hard to help this team win and help myself become a better player," said the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Bethune-Cookman product.

"Whether I'm on special teams or leading the league in sacks, I just want to be here and be part of a winning tradition. I want to bring the old Blue Bomber spirit back, what I've read about and heard about."

HASHMARKS: Import Brian Claybourn, who is currently on the practice roster, will likely handle the punting duties in Montreal on Friday, Berry said ... Although Bombers were still awaiting results of the MRI on Henri Childs' knee yesterday, the import RB/REC will not play Friday ... Berry also indicated that import Ron Ockimey will start at safety with non-import Donnavan Carter at weak-side linebacker ... Mike Abou-Mechrek will start at right tackle with Val St. Germain at right guard, Berry confirmed ... DB Jazzmen Williams had his knee scoped yesterday.


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