Westwood keeps job after rough outing

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Troy Westwood will do the placekicking for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this Friday night in B.C.

Despite a 2-for-5 effort in Winnipeg's 43-22 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week, Westwood has been given a reprieve by head coach Doug Berry.

"I brought Troy in today, we talked about it, and he's still going to have an opportunity," Berry said after yesterday's practice.

Westwood missed a 22-yarder in the first quarter on which the hold by Jamie Stoddard "wasn't perfect, but it was good enough for a 22-yard field goal," Berry said.

"It's my responsibility to put the ball through the upright regardless of what happens," Westwood said. "The ball was on the tee, and I should have been able to put the ball through the uprights."

40-PLUS MISSES

The second miss, in the second quarter, was a 47-yarder with the wind that he should have made, and the third dud, from 42 yards in the fourth, was a problem with the hold by third-string quarterback Kliff Kingsbury.

Westwood is 8-for-15 on the season, and Berry said his success rate simply has to improve -- and soon.

"The math has gotta be better," Berry said. "He's been really effective in practice the last three or four weeks, and I told him we can't have this again.

"He's got to be able to be as consistent as he is in practice and be able to make the big kicks that are going to help create the momentum for the football team."

Punter Rob Pikula is Westwood's new holder, as Stoddard has a knee injury that could keep him out of the lineup until the Labour Day Classic.

MAKING WAVES: The move to get linebacker Corey Jenkins back in a starting role this week could relegate receiver Chris Brazzell to a backup role, but the whole thing depends on Canadian cornerback Ian Logan's hip.

CANUCK STARTER

If Logan (hip flexor) can't play for the second straight week, the Bombers need to start a Canadian elsewhere. That Canuck last week was Neil McKinlay -- in place of Jenkins -- but the Bombers want Jenkins back in there this week.

Berry, therefore, had two Canadian receivers, O'Neil Wilson and Arjei Franklin, working with the first-team offence yesterday. That took Brazzell out of the five-receiver set, and Berry said it's possible the offence will look that way against the Lions.

If the Bombers start two Canadian receivers, they would have to add Adam Eckert to the roster as a backup.

LATE HITS: Running back Jarred Winkel, a member of the Bombers practice roster, suffered a left knee injury at yesterday's practice and was on crutches afterwards ... The West Division is 6-1-1 against the East this season ... The Bombers practise today at 11:10 a.m.


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