Shutout irks Blue

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Once again, those who selected the CFL players of the week left many observers scratching their heads.

Although Winnipeg just played its most complete game of the season, whipping the Saskatchewan Roughriders 34-15, the Blue Bombers were shut out. In fact, not a single Bomber was even listed as a runner-up.

"We were shut out after taking on the No. 1 club in the CFL and one of the top-ranked offences and holding them to 15 points? Wow!" responded Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown. "That's a slap in the face of Jerome Haywood, I'll tell you that right now."

His fellow Bomber defensive tackle recorded a pair of quarterback sacks and three defensive tackles last Sunday.

Toronto defensive back Kahlil Carter got the nod as top defensive player after returning an interception for an 82-yard touchdown while adding seven defensive tackles (which is not usually a good sign for a DB).

Montreal running back Jarrett Payton, who rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, was named the best offensive player. Bomber QB Kevin Glenn, who completed 24 of 31 passes for 279 yards and one TD, was not even a runner-up.

Hamilton's Nate Curry took the special teams player honour while the top Canadian was deemed to be Edmonton wide receiver Kamau Peterson.

NEW BLOOD: Although the Bomber special teams improved dramatically last Sunday, Winnipeg inked another player, David Hewson, who has been a solid special teamer.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound non-import DB recorded 11 special teams tackles in 14 regular-season games with Toronto last season. The former University of Manitoba product and Winnipeg native also had two special teams tackles in two playoff games last year. The Argos released Hewson in training camp.

"David Hewson is a solid, non-import prospect," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said in a release. "We are very interested to see what he can add to our team."

Hewson, 25, has been added to the club's expanded practice roster.

RUN STOPPERS: In one short week, the Bomber defence has improved from fifth against the run to second.

"Imagine where we'd be if we hadn't given up 211 yards to (Hamilton running back) Jessie (Lumsden)," said Brown, referring to the last meeting with the Tiger-Cats. "We're second in the league right now in run defence and knocking on Saskatchewan's door."

However, there remains some doubt as to whether Lumsden (clavicle) will play against Winnipeg this weekend.

"We're expecting to face him," Brown said.

"I want that dude to play," added middle linebacker Barrin Simpson. "I want some payback."

Brown, by the way, credits the additions of LB Ike Charlton and DB Juran Bolden for the improved defence.

"Look at it from the defensive line's perspective," he said. "Say they brought in Julius Peppers from the NFL and put him on the line next to you.

"It just elevates everyone's play around you. You know these are consummate professionals and it just elevates your game because you want to compete on par with these guys. It's always good to compete with guys of that calibre."

SACK RACE: With one sack on Sunday, Gavin Walls moved to within one of fellow defensive end Tom Canada, who is tied for sixth in the CFL with seven -- just two behind the leaders.

"It's like that every year," Canada said. "We don't really talk about it but if he finishes ahead of me, I'm happy for him and he's the same way.

"Jerome's on his way up, too, so it's going to be even more of a race."

Haywood now has five.

HASHMARKS: Greg Battle, the best LB to ever play for the Blue Bombers, will be one of five players being inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in Hamilton this weekend ... S Greg Bearman returned to practice yesterday but S Kyries Hebert rested a hamstring pull for a second day. Both are expected to play Saturday.


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