Awesome air attack

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

That strange sound you may be hearing across CFL cities these days is the air raid sirens warming up to warn of the Blue Bombers coming to town.

Not only is the Winnipeg aerial attack No. 1 on the circuit but the Bombers boast three of the top five receivers in the land. Yes, Top 5!

Veteran slotback Milt Stegall, who has led most of the season, is second in the CFL with 760 yards (just one behind the leader) and five touchdowns on 45 catches, but that was to be expected. Veteran wide receiver Derick Armstrong is fourth with 690 yards and four TDs on 52 receptions. But what is most surprising is that slotback Terrence Edwards has snagged 45 balls for 659 yards and four majors.

'OUTSTANDING'

No one could recall the last time three of the Top 5 pass-catchers in the CFL belonged to the Bombers, even in the days of Murphy, Poplawski, Boyd and House.

"To have three guys in the Top 5 is outstanding," said receivers coach Bob Dyce, who credited quarterback Kevin Glenn. "The whole receiving group is an outstanding group of guys. Intelligent players. A coach on another team was asking me what I was feeding those guys. I said, 'I'm not feeding them anything, Kevin's feeding them the ball.'

"They're getting open and what they're doing is executing the offence. If we execute and play at the level we can, I truly believe that there's no defence that can stop us."

Dyce added that non-imports Arjei Franklin and O'Neil Wilson are also making significant contributions.

"It's not like we devise anything to go to one specific guy," Dyce said.

"Kevin is just following the path of the offence and is going where the read says."

But Glenn would not be leading the league with 3,046 yards while completing 70.1% of his passes with stone-handed pass catchers.

"It's a two-way street," suggested Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "It's up to the receivers to make the quarterback look good."

Not to mention the running back and offensive line.

"It shows that the team's successful," said Edwards, who has already caught 12 more balls than he did all last season with Montreal. "It shows that we're doing a lot of good things on offence, that we're moving the ball and it's a tribute to the whole team, not just the receiving corps.

"You never know what you're going to get from this team. One week, you might have Derick Armstrong going for 200 yards and the next week, you might have all five receivers going for 50 yards in a game. That's a good thing. You can't go into a gameplan thinking you only have to stop one person."

Armstrong had more than 200 yards against Saskatchewan two weeks ago. Last Sunday, all five starting receivers had at least 50 yards through the air.

Edwards, by the way, is enjoying a revival in his third CFL season but first with Winnipeg.

"In Montreal, I never got the opportunity that I'm getting," said the 5-foot-11, 176-pound import who signed with the Bombers as a free agent. "I never went into a game thinking I was going to catch a lot of balls. Against Saskatchewan this week, I caught the first two balls of the game. I never would have gone into a situation in Montreal last year where the first two balls were designed to go to me. So, it just feels better that you're a big part of the offence and not just filling a spot like I was in Montreal."


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