Bombers are too talented to stay down -- Khari

Bombers cornerback Robert Bean has been watching a lot of film lately. (BRIAN DONOGH/ SUN MEDIA)

Bombers cornerback Robert Bean has been watching a lot of film lately. (BRIAN DONOGH/ SUN MEDIA)

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:28 AM ET

Khari Jones had one last plea for Blue Bombers fans:

Don't give up on them yet.

"This year's team is a very good team, despite the hiccups that are happening right now," the former Winnipeg quarterback said yesterday. "I tell people it might not be a bad thing that they're losing games now rather than going through a lull at the end of the season. Hopefully, they can get out of that tailspin and bring it on at the end of the season."

The Bombers have lost two straight CFL games and three of their last four.

"Every team goes through this," Jones said. "It's just that Winnipeg is going through this now. You see the talent on this team. You see the talent at receiver and on defence and you know that they have a solid squad. So, it's going to come down to the end like it normally does in the CFL."

BAD FILM: Just call him 'Juran' Bean now.

Robert Bean, who will replace the injured Juran Bolden at strong-side cornerback against Calgary tomorrow night, had a lot of trouble adjusting to the position against the Stampeders last week.

"I've been watching films pretty good and I've been practising pretty good," Bean said after only two practices this week. "So, I've got a good idea of what's going on on the outside so, I should have a better game this week."

But watching film of last week's match made him feel rather uncomfortable.

"I didn't like it," he said. "It made me feel bad. It was one of the worst games I had so, I'll try not to do that too many times."

AJ'S BACK: KR/WR Albert Johnson III will return to the lineup this week after being benched in favour of KR Willie Foster.

"We've got to have depth at receiver and AJ's been here for two years and can give us that depth.," explained Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "We've got a couple of guys banged up so, we definitely have to do it for that reason and no other reason."

Although WR Derick Armstrong is still being bothered by a calf injury, he will likely play tomorrow.

ROAD WORRIERS: The Stampeders are well aware that they need to prove that they can win on the road heading into the playoffs when they come to town tomorrow -- assuming they qualify for post-season play.

"If you can go to Winnipeg and win, it's going to be a big victory because it's the No. 1 team in the East," Calgary WR Jeremaine Copeland told Sun Media. "We've got to get some kind of win under our belts because it's a very good possibility we could be going three games away in the playoffs."

HASHMARKS: Calgary QB Henry Burris was being bothered by stiffness in his dislocated shoulder this week. Head coach Tom Higgins said Burris doesn't need any prep for facing Winnipeg again in such a short week ... WR Adam Eckert will replace Arjei Franklin (shoulder) on the roster ... WR Jamie Stoddard will play despite an undisclosed injury ... Although OL Dan Goodspeed missed yesterday's practice due to illness, he is expected to play tomorrow ... OL Kyle Koch will start at left guard for the third straight game.


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