Bloody good showing

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

He is one of those promising young Canadian Hogs that can often get overlooked.

Unless, of course, he gets his nose bloodied in a training camp fight.

But Matt O'Meara is capable of playing every position on the offensive line, which should boost his chances of cracking the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' roster.

Winnipeg sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Saskatchewan Roughriders to acquire the 6-foot-5, 308-pound McMaster product last month.

"There was much change going on in the organization so that it didn't really surprise me," O'Meara said yesterday. "I didn't sign long-term there for various reasons. It wasn't because of the city, though. I love the city but I'm glad to be here. I like Winnipeg, the guys are good and hopefully, it works out here."

The Milton, Ont., native is battling the likes of fellow Canucks Aaron Fiacconi, Dominic Picard and Kyle Koch for a backup spots.

"It's very competitive, but hopefully everything works out and I get to stay here," said O'Meara, 24. "There's a lot of depth and everyone's good. "Winnipeg's going to have a very, very good offensive line this year -- one of the best -- and I hope to be a part of that."

He got his nose bloody when defensive end Tom Canada appeared to cheap-shot him on Friday. O'Meara declined comment on the fight.


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