Bombers scout NFL camps for QB

Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman. (Winnipeg Sun file photo)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman. (Winnipeg Sun file photo)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Brendan Taman has been tracking Bryan Randall better than most private investigators.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM tomorrow will wrap up his 17-day tour of northeastern NFL camps, during which he has been keeping close tabs on Randall, one of his negotiation-list quarterbacks.

Randall is currently the fourth-string quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Taman has seen him play twice and practise four times, and he was planning on watching Pittsburgh's third pre-season game, versus the Washington Redskins, last night.

Going into last night's contest Randall had thrown only two passes in the first two exhibition games, and both of them were incomplete.

"I've got a pretty good feel on what he is," Taman said. "I don't know what's going to happen with him. I haven't seen him play in a game as much as I wanted to.

"You don't really want to see him play good, because if he does that means he's going to stay. But then if you don't see him play, then you're wondering 'How good is he?' That's always what you have to weigh.

"Ultimately, in some weird way, I don't want to see him do very well."

The Bombers are always looking for quarterback depth, considering their backup, Ryan Dinwiddie, and third-stringer, Kliff Kingsbury, have thrown a combined total of 33 passes in the CFL -- all of them from Dinwiddie.

Winnipeg had four quarterbacks on the roster for the first few weeks of the CFL season, but Justin Holland was released July 31.

"The four quarterback thing a lot of people said was a luxury and were wondering why we were doing that," Taman said. "Well, if I can get another quarterback to come in that we think has a future, there are going to be four quarterbacks there again." Other gunslingers on Taman's neg list include Casey Bramlet (Atlanta) and Tyler Thigpen (Minnesota), and free agents Zac Taylor and John Stocco.

CAMP NOTES: Bombers draft pick Corey Mace, a defensive tackle with the Buffalo Bills, had a tackle assist in Friday's 13-10 loss to Atlanta ... Former Bombers linebacker Ike Charlton, now a Detroit Lions defensive back, had a tackle and an assist in last week's win over Cincinnati. The Lions took on Cleveland last night ... Taman reported no developments on former Bombers defensive back Juran Bolden's plans.

LANDING ON HIS FEET: Offensive lineman Val St. Germain, who was released by the Bombers on July 30, was scheduled to start at left guard last night for the Saskatchewan Roughriders against the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Bombers selected St. Germain fifth overall in the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft last April, but this season he was dogged by injuries during training camp, he was making good money, and the O-line was playing well without him.

"I saw it coming in Winnipeg," St. Germain told The Leader-Post. "They're playing well, and they have a lot of talent on the offensive line, obviously. With the salary cap in place, you've seen a lot of this throughout the league this year.

"Looks like I've come up smelling like roses, being in Saskatchewan, so I'm pretty happy and pretty thankful to be here."

LATE HITS: The Bombers' bye week of rest and relaxation is over. They return to the practice field this morning at 10:30 to prepare for Friday's home game against the Toronto Argonauts ... Friday's clash will be the first between the teams since Toronto dumped Winnipeg in last year's East Division semifinal ... Since 2002, the Bombers have a 5-4 record when coming off a bye week.


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