A man of few words

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

No one in Bomber Nation sympathizes with Calgary Stampeders' Brandon Browner, and rightfully so.

He was the defensive back that Winnipeg Blue Bombers rookie Romby Bryant eluded to score the game-winning touchdown last week in Winnipeg's 32-28 victory.

The thing is that Bryant is not only good at escaping opposing defenders -- as he proved Thursday night with six catches for 152 yards and the game-winning strike -- the 28-year-old can also dance around reporters with ease.

Following Winnipeg's first win of the season, the media was hungry to hear from the 6-foot-1, 191-pound speedster, but he was nowhere to be found. He was gone, poof, just like that, before coach Doug Berry even addressed the team.

After the Bombers had a light practice on Sunday, reporters entered the locker-room intent on tracking him down, yet once again Bryant was MIA.

Regardless of the previous two strikes, the media gathered to speak to the evasive Bryant again following yesterday's practice, and wouldn't you know it, the cat finally caught the mouse.

Does he hate the media? Nope. Turns out not everyone is as outspoken as Milt Stegall, Bryant is just shy.

"I was just happy we won the game, regardless of who scored the touchdown," Bryant said of his winning catch. "It just happened to be me. Any of us could have made the play.

"I've got a lot to work on. I'm still picking up on the offence and trying to get the kinks out."

He's just thankful to be playing.

Bryant came to the Bombers this season following three dismal stints in the NFL, first with the Arizona Cardinals, then the Atlanta Falcons, before spending the past two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He only appeared in two games over that stretch, playing on special teams for the Falcons.

"Basically I've been sitting out for two years because I was on the practice squad with Baltimore for two years," said Bryant. "It feels good to be out there playing in a real live game.

"I was just sitting there waiting on my chance and it never came. Those receivers stay healthy over there (in Baltimore)."

With Stegall out of the lineup because of injury, Bryant has been given a chance to shine and he's definitely made the most of it. He leads all Winnipeg receivers and is third overall in the CFL in pass receiving with 461 yards on 23 catches.

His numbers speak for themselves. His bashfulness in the presence of a tape recorder, well, that's another story.

"I don't know if y'all gonna be able to get him again so y'all should have asked him enough questions today," joked receiver Terrence Edwards.

"It's just his personality; Romby's that quiet."

"He can run fast as you guys can see, he runs fast from everybody," added Stegall. "It's just not him. He's a great player on the field but he's not the talkative type.

"It's just not Romby, that's just not what he wants to do and as long as he continues playing the way he is, he doesn't have to talk to you guys for the rest of the year."

For his part, Berry could care less. The receiver is good on the field and that's all that matters.

"You name it, he's got the qualities of a receiver," said Berry. "He's fast, he's got body control, he's got good hands, he's got decent size, he understands what we're doing, good person, he's got a lot of good qualities."


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