Bombs away for Blue

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Kevin Glenn could only smile when a reporter mentioned the name Terrence Edwards.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback grinned from ear to ear because Edwards has turned out to be a solid weapon in the Blue and Gold offence, which has burst out of the gate this season.

The Bomber point-getters have churned out 920 yards of net offence in the first two contests, including 388 in Winnipeg's 32-23 win over the Montreal Alouettes in Thursday night's home-opener.

The 920 yards of net offence is Winnipeg's fourth-best two-game total since Kevin Glenn took over as the No. 1 pivot in 2004.

This year, however, that outburst might last more than two games. Head coach Doug Berry implemented his attack last year, but the Bombers wallowed near the bottom of most offensive categories.

A year of familiarity with the system and the additions of players like Edwards look like they're paying off. Glenn and his receivers have been lighting up the scoreboard so far for the Bombers, who are 1-0-1 and host the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday.

"I think scoring 32 points a game is pretty good," Berry said when asked if there is room for improvement on offence. "I don't know how much better teams can get. Tell me the last time a team averaged 32 over a season.

"It's very hard to do. Maybe we can do a little bit better."

Slotback Milt Stegall and wide receiver Derick Armstrong were the sure things going into the season, but Edwards, a former Montreal Alouette, has been a surprise for the Bombers.

LEADS THE TEAM

Edwards leads the team with 228 receiving yards after the first two 100-yard outings of his three-year CFL career.

"I'm so happy to have him, put it like that," Glenn said. "He's becoming a very good friend of mine. And not just because of (his strong play), but even before that. We started getting a feel for each other in training camp and talking on the sidelines and all that kind of stuff.

"He knows football. He's very knowledgeable about football, so he knows what the quarterback is thinking. And he's been in the offence, so that helps it out that much better."

Chris Brazzell has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde receiver since arriving in August 2005. But when he's on, he's just as dangerous as the rest of them. The 31-year-old bounced back from a couple of early drops on Thursday to keep a drive alive once and then cap it with a diving grab for a touchdown.

"Everybody kept telling me, 'Keep your head up, just keep going,' and balls just kept coming my way," Brazzell said. "I've just got to make more of all my opportunities."

If Brazzell can make the most of his opportunities and Glenn doesn't force some throws like he did Thursday night, look out.

"With our receivers this year, if you try to double- or triple-team me, you're going to get beat," Stegall said. "You gotta stay one-on-one with everybody, because everybody's a big-play receiver. Everybody can make big plays.

"So if they're going to continue doing that, keep doing that. We're going to score, and we're going to win."


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