Dinwiddie a solid second: Berry

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

If anybody thought two highly-touted rookies were going to instantly make life miserable for last year's No. 2 quarterback, Ryan Dinwiddie, they'd better think again.

Head coach Doug Berry says neither Bryan Randall nor Cleveland McCoy are going to push Dinwiddie aside anytime soon.

"Right now, Ryan's locked in way ahead of those two guys," Berry said. "But only because he's been here. The thing the other guys have is foot agility. How much can they use it to their advantage as they're competing to be No. 3?"

Berry says Dinwiddie's progression from a year ago is similar to what he saw in starter Kevin Glenn after a year in the system. And last year's Grey Cup starter agrees.

"I'm feeling good," Dinwiddie said. "I'm seeing things a lot clearer than I was last year at the beginning of the year.

"This camp is for me to get better. To prove myself again. Obviously you've got to do that each year. To push myself so I can be a reliable backup. I know that's a big question around here. It's heavy on my mind, also."

So is the Grey Cup game.

"I don't think any football game is honestly behind you," he said. "You obviously think about it. It's a learning experience. I learned a lot."

THANKS FOR COMING OUT: Two players got their walking papers yesterday: rookie Canadian running back Jacques-Olivier Lumbala, a free agent signing, and veteran David Lowry, who hadn't even taken the field, yet.

Lowry, a special teamer, got into seven games last season.

BUYING IN: The Bombers announced they've reached the 18,000 mark in season ticket sales, passing last year's total and approaching the 18,281 mark reached in '06, when they hosted the Grey Cup.


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