QB comfort zone

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Bryan Randall has a firm handle on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers playbook.

The former Virginia Tech star is ensconced in the No. 3 quarterback spot through the first week of training camp, but he will get to strut his stuff in a real game on Thursday night.

That's when the Blue and Gold will meet the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in their exhibition opener at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Randall, who was pursued by the Bombers for several years before finally signing with the club last month, is feeling quite cozy in head coach Doug Berry's offence.

"I came in pretty confident, hoping I could pick up some of the concepts," Randall said yesterday after the team's one and only practice. "My biggest fear was going to be the wordings of the offence, and it's not that bad. So I'm definitely feeling comfortable. I probably feel a little more comfortable now than I thought I would be."

"... When I hear a play I can clearly see it my mind. Now it's just a matter of going out and executing."

Starter Kevin Glenn won't make the trip to Hamilton, but Berry wouldn't reveal how he will use backup Ryan Dinwiddie, Randall and Cleveland McCoy against the Tabbies.

KICKING UPDATE: Berry said his three kickers were "good" during yesterday's practice, but he singled out import newcomer Alexis Serna as having the best day.

"He punted a heck of a lot better today than he did yesterday," Berry said.

Serna booted some 50-yard punts, and he made two of his four field goal attempts. Import Brian Monroe also appeared to be 2-for-4, while it looked like veteran Troy Westwood was 1-for-4. Not that Berry made it easy on them.

"I put in two different holders today, trying to develop some holders, so I broke some comfort zones," he said with a sly grin.

Only two kickers will make the trip to Hamilton, but Berry wouldn't say which two.

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