Dinwiddie makes good impression

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

The Ryan Dinwiddie fan club continues to grow.

The Bombers backup quarterback displayed the poise of a veteran, nimble feet and the ability to make the big toss at the clutch moment in guiding the Blue and Gold to a 19-16 pre-season win over the Montreal Alouettes.

Dinwiddie hit Casey McGahee with a 49-yard completion in the final minute of the fourth quarter that set up Alexis Serna's game-winning 17-yard field goal. He completed nine of 14 attempts for 167 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

"Each year you grow, you get better," Dinwiddie said. "Last year I grew a lot from the year before and I got better, but I wasn't playing quite championship football, which the starters in this league do.

"I thought I was close, but the Grey Cup and getting all the reps I did this year in camp, it's a ton more than I did last year. I feel good about it."

Dinwiddie's strong showing last night came one week after he went 15-for-20 for 118 yards and a major in a pre-season loss to Hamilton last Thursday.

"Two weeks in a row now he's taken us down the field in a no-huddle offence," head coach Doug Berry said. "I really feel good about that.

"I wanted to play Bryan Randall, but when the score got tied up I said we need to put Ryan back in there and see if we can do it again. It was nice to see that he was able to get us down into field-goal range."

Dinwiddie also had a 27-yard completion to Aaron Fairooz in the third quarter that set up another Serna field goal, but it was his quick feet that was most noteworthy about his performance.

"I've always been able to scramble a little bit," Dinwiddie said. "I've just never been a guy that has a lot of yards. You know, 30- or 40-yard runs.

"But I can move five or six yards, 10 yards, move the chains and keep receivers down field and keep the play alive for them."


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