New faces at Blue Training Camp II

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:59 AM ET

Their bye week is over and the second half of Winnipeg's CFL season starts with this morning's practice at Canad Inns Stadium.

And it will be welcome to 2006 Training Camp II.

"There will be some new faces there," Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday from Oakland, where he is scouting NFL camps.

The latest newcomer is expected to be non-import receiver Adam Eckert, a local lad who was "in the process of" being claimed off waivers from Montreal yesterday, Taman confirmed.

The other new faces will be quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie and receiver Kwame Cavil, both imports, while the Bombers were still awaiting an official reply from import pass catcher Robert Baker. Baker had not requested an airline ticket by late yesterday afternoon.

Not only will there be new faces, some more familiar faces will be gone. To quell some speculation, however, both import wide receiver Chris Brazzell and non-import receiver Jamie Stoddard will remain, Taman indicated. Others will likely be transferred to the practice roster.

Although Eckert will dress against the Toronto Argonauts this Friday, he could replace a Canuck at another position.

THE UNKNOWN: Like Bombers QB Kevin Glenn, Cavil had his knee 'scoped last season.

"I missed four weeks," he said. "Then, when I was able to come back, it took a little to get used to."

Glenn had his knee surgery Aug. 10 and, if his recovery process is the same as Cavil's, he will be doubtful to return for the Labour Day Classic in Regina.

RYAN READY: Although he hasn't played in a year (NFL Europe), Dinwiddie believes he could start as soon as this Friday.

"Just living here, I've got nothing else to do, just focus on the football," he said Friday.

One scouting report on Dinwiddie suggested that he plays with heart and toughness, has average arm strength and is adept at avoiding the rush.

BUSY BYE: Bomber head coach Doug Berry spent a lot of time in the office during the bye week.

"I took one day off when I didn't come into the office and that was (Thursday)," he said. "Otherwise, I've been in here every morning. I spent one morning with quarterbacks evaluation, another one with receiver evaluation, one day with special teams ... So, I've been busy."

Berry also spent Friday and yesterday working with Dinwiddie.

HASHMARKS: Bomber LB Adrian Baird either has been or will be fined, but not suspended, for his ejection after hitting B.C. P Paul McCallum out of bounds in their last game, Taman said. The CFL fined Lions LB Carl Kidd $500 for punching Baird in retaliation ... Dinwiddie said he grew up watching Bomber RB Charles Roberts at Sacramento State because he is from the same area. He also played with Lion receiver T.J. Acree at Boise State ... Bombers expect OL Matt Sheridan (groin) to return this week and are hoping SB Milt Stegall (ribs) will be joining him ... Taman returns home tomorrow. "This trip has been way more hectic than I wanted," he said.


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