Reid ready, willing and able

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Although Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry squashed the idea of alternating carries between struggling running back Roberts and backup Fred Reid, it's definitely something that interests Reid.

"I would love that. Maybe I could get in there and give Charlie a breather now and again just to get something else going for us. I love the idea and if coach decides to go that way, I'll be happy to do it."

Berry won't likely go that way as Reid hasn't been told he'll play an increased role in the offence this week against Montreal, but he isn't fuming over it. Like a true teammate he's supporting Roberts.

"No, it's not frustrating. I've got his back and I know that he'll get things going soon. If anything happens, I'll be there. But other than that, I just wish the best for Charlie and hopefully he can get everything going this week.

"He's running hard just like he left off last year. We've just got to keep working and hopefully everything will start clicking. I know we're going into the seventh game of the season, but hopefully things start clicking from the O-line all the way to the backfield."

O-LINE GETS A BOOST: Considering all the injuries Winnipeg's offensive line has gone through this season, the unit has performed pretty well.

The Blue Bombers' O-line should look even better this Friday as Kyle Koch is set to return to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury.

"We're taking a little bit of heat, but it's just a matter of doing the right things right," said the second-year Bomber, who practised yesterday. "I know it sounds silly but that's what the coach always says. It's just doing the proper techniques; I really believe we're as good as anybody else man for man, but we've got to act like it on the field."

Coming together as a unit is what Koch feels the offensive line needs to do the most. The communication is there, they just need to all be on the same page to avoid dumb penalties.

"One guy goes offside or one guy misses an assignment, it adds up. You can't have that. You get those first-and-10s and then all of the sudden you get one guy that does this or that and it puts us in a hole and we can't do that."

"I'm not going to lean on the injuries, we have a talented line all the way up across the board," added offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed, echoing Koch's sentiments. "Sometimes we don't all click together and we're not working long enough together like we were last year. The guys that have stepped in, they do a good job so it's just that cohesiveness that I think we're missing a little bit of right now."

"We're the guys that we lean on so yeah, we have to play better up front. Just to help Dinwiddie out and give him a couple more seconds to throw, open a bigger hole for Charlie, we all need to pick it up."

LABATTE SIDELINED: Just as one O-lineman returns to practice, another missed out. Rookie Brendon LaBatte has a slight ankle sprain that forced him to miss practice yesterday. Berry said he's day-to-day.


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