Bolden vows to rise

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

It was not exactly a Hollywood script, although it looked like one at the beginning of yesterday's football movie.

Winnipeg cornerback Juran Bolden, who just returned from the NFL, was given a standing ovation when he was introduced before yesterday's CFL game against Saskatchewan. And Bolden played it up big, milking the love from the jam-packed Canad Inns Stadium stands.

But it was a slightly different story once the whistle blew. Although the Blue Bombers won, Bolden missed at least four tackles while getting his first action in a year.

"Man, I'm glad we got a W for one and that was the main objective," Bolden said. "But I was rusty. I didn't make too many brain farts but you could see it in my tackling. My tackling was not pretty. Everybody knows I'm more or less a sure tackler but I was a little rusty with my tackling.

"You could tell that I haven't played football this year. I'm my own biggest critic. I know I've got to get my butt in shape better. I've got to cover better. But, all in all, we'll just keep pushing and try to be the best team in the CFL."

And the fan reaction?

"That was beautiful, man," Bolden said.

Strong-side linebacker Ike Charlton, who also returned from the NFL this week, fared much better.

"I probably played a perfect game except one time when I didn't see No. 83, but I still got over there and made my jam," he said. "I made my jams and as you can see, they didn't catch any balls on me. That was my goal ... It felt pretty good to help my team win."

The new blood did inspire the defence.

"We knew we had to do some significant things on defence," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "Ike Charlton, he didn't miss a beat. He was squared off, he was jamming with his hands very well. Very effective.

"Juran, on the other hand, showed that he's a little bit green. Let's say rusty. He certainly has to work a little bit on the tackling. The more familiar he gets with our terminology and system, I fully expect him to be the force he could be and should be each and every play, because he certainly was quite a few times today."


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