Questions abound

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Sure, they are playing for points now but somehow you cannot shake the feeling that the Blue Bombers are still in pre-season mode.

It just seems like it has taken the Winnipeg coaches too long to decide who plays where and yeah, all those injuries didn't help.

But the Bombers will open tonight's CFL season-opener against the Eskimos still in doubt as to where Kyries Hebert will play the entire season -- safety or weak-side linebacker. Heck, it seems he will not even play an entire game at one position or the other.

And that has created uncertainty at a number of other positions.

Furthermore, Ryan Dinwiddie inherited backup quarterback status because those around him were found wanting, not because he stood out in training camp. Ditto kick returner Albert Johnson III, who kept his job while nursing a hamstring injury during the second pre-season contest.

And as impressive as Cam Hall has been at strong-side linebacker (SAM) in training camp, school is still out on whether he can make people forget Ike Charlton, who seemed to be made for the position before jumping to the NFL last winter.

In fact, we still don't know if the Bombers have adequately replaced cornerback Stanford Samuels, who will wear an Edmonton jersey tonight, or even Jermese Jones on the offensive line (considered the club's second-best O-lineman last season).

And furthermore, will Kevin Glenn last a whole season without getting hurt again? Will veteran slotback Milt Stegall? And will tailback Charles Roberts ever start to run out of steam?

So, the Bombers head into tonight's match still scratching their heads over exactly what they've got and how good they can be. Just don't judge their whole season on the outcome of this game, win or lose.


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