The Safety Dance

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

The sophomore safety may have a slight edge in the Great Canadian Backfield Race but he knows there are still arguments to be made.

Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry has indicated that returnee Ian Logan is slightly ahead in the battle for starting safety with Jason Nugent, who was acquired from Edmonton in a trade.

It is believed that both John Sullivan and Greg Bearman, who are also listed at safeties, will have to make it as special teams players.

Logan, however, had no idea that Berry had been making such hints.

"It does make me feel good but they haven't said anything to us," the Waterloo, Ont., native said yesterday. "Based on film and practice, it looked like I may have been doing a little bit better. I started the game last week. At practice, I'm usually the first guy at safety out there."

Actually, the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Wilfrid Laurier product was being touted as the starting safety until an injury slowed him up at last year's camp.

Now, he is hoping to further cement his current status with a good showing when the Bombers take on the Tiger-Cats in a CFL exhibition match in Hamilton on Friday.

"I feel great," said Logan, 24. "I've had a good camp. I'm healthy. I know the system like the back of my hand right now. I can't wait to get that shot. I think it all comes down to this pre-season game and just making plays. They need to be a little more convinced, I think, that they can start a Canadian there.

"I know we didn't get a chance to show a whole lot in the first game. There wasn't that much up the middle or that much we could make a play on. I'm just hoping that, in the second game, we'll get that shot."

But preying in the back of his mind is that the coaches can still move Kyries Hebert back to safety from weak inside linebacker (WIL).

"They want a Canadian at safety but hopefully, it doesn't revert back to that," Logan said.

"You only get so many chances to impress," Berry said. "If the battle is close, go out and control what you can control and do a good job with it ...

"That's (safety) one of the positions I'm talking about."

But what it could boil down to is whether the defence will be better with Hebert at WIL and a Canadian at safety or Hebert at safety with someone else at WIL, Berry said.


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