Blink eyeing records

Winnipeg Blue Bombers rusher Charles Roberts has five-straight 1,000 yard seasons. (Winnipeg...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers rusher Charles Roberts has five-straight 1,000 yard seasons. (Winnipeg Sun/Marcel Cretain)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

The Little Big Man they call 'Blink' wants more.

Not more touches, more records.

And now that Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts has extended his own club record to five straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, he is determined to break the CFL mark.

"Kelvin Anderson had eight in a row so, I've got at least three more to go (to tie) -- or four more to go (to break it)," Roberts said yesterday.

Actually, Roberts is now tied for third on the CFL list with George Reed, Johnny Bright and Mike Pringle. Reed also had six consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and his 11 overall is the current CFL milestone.

"The thing is, 1,000 yards is what a good running back who touches the ball as many times as I touch the ball is supposed to do," said Roberts, 27. "I've done my job now and now I need to go out and do extra -- get more yards."

With 103 yards rushing in the win over Saskatchewan on Sunday, Roberts also slipped past Calgary running back Joffrey Reynolds into the CFL rushing lead and is determined to defend his rushing title.

"I'm back in the lead but it's not a big lead," said Roberts, who has rushed for 1,054 yards on 204 carries. "I'm back in the mix and I can only feel good about the situation."

And he's done it despite a revolving Blue Bomber offensive line.

Reynolds has gained 1,013 yards on 164 rushes and the two face each other when the Bombers meet the Stampeders in Calgary this Friday.

"He's having an excellent season," Roberts credited. "Quite honestly, I was jealous of his season five weeks ago but I've gotten back into the mix and it's going to be fun from here on out."

Roberts, who also has 25 receptions for 294 yards, leads the league in yards from scrimmage -- 1,348 -- with Reynolds in second at 1,216.

"They don't ask him to do as much over there in Calgary as they ask me to do over here," said the 5-foot-6, 170-pound Sacramento State product. "I've got more yards receiving and play more of a role in my offence than he does in his."

Although he denied any added incentive playing against Reynolds, you can bet Roberts will be determined to better his rival Friday.

"It's a little head-to-head but it's more the Blue Bombers against the Stampeders," he said. "They're coming off a loss (to Edmonton), we're coming off a win. They're trying to regain a little of the momentum that they were starting to build up over there in the West. We're trying to build a steam-ball of our own because one win (last Sunday) is the start but it's not the finish. We need to finish the season."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry seems pleased with his enigmatic scatback.

"Charles has done everything we've asked and thought he would do this year," he said. "We've used him significantly in the running game ... We've used him as a (receiver) out of the backfield and we'll continue to do that.

"His assignments are good. I met with him (yesterday) morning to review some of Calgary's blitzes so he's keyed into what some of our protection schemes are going to be. He's a guy who wants to do things the right way. He understands it's a team game and has to be part of the pass protection at times."

-- With files from Kirk Penton


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