Blue hitting the road

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

There were no big names headed for the airport yesterday after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers made their final training camp cuts.

Defensive end Stevie Baggs, running back Dominique Dorsey, linebacker Chris Martin, slotback Quentin McCord and defensive back Jazzmen Williams were the most notable players among the 19 let go late Saturday night.

Eight were asked to remain on the practice roster, but Baggs was the only one, as of last night, who declined the offer. Safety John Sullivan was still thinking about it.

Baggs proceeded to sign with the Edmonton Eskimos late yesterday afternoon, according to a CFL source.

PHYSICALLY HEALTHY

"Nobody threw anything at me, so I'd take that as taking it well," GM Brendan Taman said of delivering the bad news. "I came out of it healthy -- not mentally, but physically I did."

The hacking and slashing left the Bombers with 46 players on the active roster, six on the practice roster and six on either the injured or disabled lists.

There are 33 returnees and 19 newcomers, including seven new starters.

Some of the CFL rookies who claimed roster spots include import linebackers Corey Jenkins and Cam Hall, and Canadian defensive end Brian Guebert.

However, Taman noted there is still some roster shuffling to do before the team opens the 2007 season on Thursday night in Edmonton.

That could also include bringing in players who were released by other teams, according to the GM.

"One thing I will emphasize is that today's roster isn't going to necessarily mean the roster for Edmonton," Taman said. "But we got down to the numbers that we needed to today.

"However we did it, we did it, but we've still have some moves we're going to make."

That includes releasing of one of their three backup quarterback hopefuls.

Kliff Kingsbury practised for the first time yesterday, but the team must part ways with him, Justin Holland or Ryan Dinwiddie likely by tomorrow.

Head coach Doug Berry looked like he had been through the wringer when he met with the media last night.

The second-year boss was unshaven, his hair was a mess, and he was still lamenting the fact that his team had fewer than 24 hours to make their decisions following their final pre-season game.

"It's just been nonstop," Berry said. "We got a little bit of sleep in last night. It's just been very difficult to make all the decisions, and still we're not really sure exactly that we're 100% certain on what we're doing.

"It's not an easy thing to rush into, and you'd like to have more time to make sure you've done the best evaluation that you can."

Just as Taman noted, Berry said there are still starting spots up for grabs just four days before the start of the regular season.

For example, Ian Logan was starting at safety yesterday, but Kyries Hebert also took some reps there.

The brass also wants to get Jenkins on the field, but the ratio might prevent it from doing that.

"I don't even know who we're going to have on the roster," Berry said. "But I know we've got all these possibilities that we think about. It's fun.

"... We know more about all these guys than we did a year ago. And even if we didn't, I'm confident that we feel pretty good about the talent level."


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