Razzle Brazzell time

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

The question marks surrounding the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback this week are almost as plentiful as the ones around the receiving corps.

Just who is going to catch the ball?

The main man, it would appear, is Chris Brazzell, the lanky deep threat who had only one reception in Winnipeg's 32-5 loss to B.C. two weeks ago.

Brazzell also dropped three passes the week before in a loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It is all but certain that Milt Stegall will miss his third straight game due to cracked ribs, so it's up to Brazzell to lead the way against the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.

"I know I want the ball a little more, but I just basically go each game and play instead of being verbal about it," Brazzell said.

The fact that backup quarterbacks Mike Quinn and Brad Banks have struggled in the absence of No. 1 pivot Kevin Glenn certainly hasn't helped Brazzell and Co., but head coach Doug Berry said everyone on offence has been making mistakes lately.

"With Milt being out and Kevin being out, my opportunities have been limited. They haven't been the same," Brazzell said. "So I'm looking forward to getting Milt back and Kevin back, but at the same time I want to continue to make plays.

"It's a little bit more difficult now that Kevin's out and Milt's out. It's something you just gotta deal with."

Another thing that the Bombers will have to deal with is the fact that the other four receivers who are slated to start Friday have a grand total of 14 catches for the team this season.

Quentin McCord, who will take over for Stegall, leads the way with 11 grabs, while wideout Jamie Stoddard has only three catches.

The other two slotbacks, Scotty Anderson and Kwame Cavil, will be making their Bomber debuts against the Boatmen.

The X factor could be Cavil. Berry is almost giddy that the 6-foot-2, 203-pound Texas native is in the fold.

"I have very high praise for Kwame," said Berry, who coached Cavil in Montreal. "... Everybody should be pleased that we've got Kwame here. I think he'll just come up big."

Berry said the fact that Cavil, who had 1,090 receiving yards for the Alouettes in 2004, has bounced around the CFL in the last year shouldn't be interpreted as a warning sign.

There are legitimate reasons why he has been traded three times in the last 12 months, Berry said.

Perhaps the biggest red flag is that he hardly played for the woeful Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the first half of the season despite being healthy.

"You know what you need to do?" Cavil said. "You need to get Hamilton's direct number and call Joe Paopao, Rob Katz, Ron Lancaster and Greg Marshall. You talk to those guys and ask them why I wasn't playing. I'm pretty sure they're going to tell you they have no answers for that."

"... I did everything like I was supposed to do. It wasn't like I was slapping people out there. I'm not that type of dude."


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