Invaluable Jones

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Left, right, left, right.

Jermese Jones could not even crack Winnipeg's starting roster when the current campaign began but the import offensive lineman has proven invaluable in the face of all those injuries that have plagued the offensive line this season. And he has been playing either right or left tackle, depending on who is available for the Blue Bombers.

"All I do is every week, I try to prove to the organization and the team that I'm a valuable player," said Jones, 27. "That's my mentality every week in practice and every week when it comes to a game."

The 6-foot-5, 345-pound veteran has never complained or pouted.

"If I sulked, I did it a alone to myself and just tried not to show it too much," he said. "But the main thing is for our team to win and any way I can, I'll help out."

Although the left side is his natural position, Jones expressed no preferences.

"He's been very consistent," credited head coach Doug Berry. "We've got guys who work hard. All year long, we're taking guys and plucking them here and there."

The plucking will continue tomorrow as Marc Parenteau will replace veteran O-lineman Matt Sheridan (viral infection) when the Bombers play the Lions in B.C. Eric Wilson will also return from injury to fill in for tackle Garrick Jones, who returned home to attend to family matters.

BEAN COUNTERS: With four interceptions as a fill-in in the secondary, Robert Bean not only leads the Bombers in that category but is fourth in the East. In fact, no DB outside of Toronto has more picks than Bean in the East. But Bean gets no bonuses for the INTs.

"I wish I did," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound import. "And I'm going to try to get a couple more interceptions. Contract-wise, I need to do something.

"The secret? Film study, anticipating routes, just covering, recognizing what the receiver's going to do, disguising coverage to the quarterback."

With CB Stanford Samuels still on the limp (ankle), Bean will replace him again versus B.C. tomorrow and may also have to start in Winnipeg's playoff game next week. Samuels does not know if his ankle will come around in time for him to be ready for that one.

QB LOOK: Berry is hoping to get a look at third-string QB Ryan Dinwiddie in game action tomorrow.

"If the situation presents itself, I'd just like to get a look at Ryan to see what he's all about because I don't know anything about him," Berry said.

Dinwiddie will get the nod over Brad Banks, No. 2, for that reason.

Meanwhile, Bombers GM Brendan Taman will scout tomorrow's Montreal-Toronto game.


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