O-Line picture brightens

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:47 AM ET

It's been a good week for the offensive line of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. O-Lineman Kyle Koch returned to practice Monday and looked good again yesterday, while linemate Dominic Picard took some snaps yesterday.

"It's been good, short of Matt Sheridan, who still has that aggravated shoulder.We've got everybody practising now. It's happened for (Monday) and (yesterday), and if these guys can go out (today), we could have a little bit of juggling going on in the offensive line," said Bomber coach Doug Berry.

"I think everybody, based on coming off the field today, everybody should be available to us."

CHANGE AT SAFETY?: Ian Logan took first team reps at safety during practice yesterday and all signs point to the third-year Bomber taking over the position from Jason Nugent.

Nugent, who has started all six games at safety this season, has 13 tackles and two special teams tackles this season.

A GOOD FILL-IN: Joe Lobendahn made the most of his first CFL start two weeks ago against Calgary as he tied for the team-lead in tackles with six. Last week Barrin Simpson's replacement at linebacker proved his worth once again with a team-high six tackles and two quarterback sacks.

"I'm still not satisfied, I'm never satisfied," said Lobendahn. "There are a lot of things that I have to work on. Just work on those little things and just keeping playing and eventually we'll win."

Lobendahn said that his comfort level with the team is increasing every day and that he's talking more on the field, much to the delight of Berry.

"He's been a good fill-in for Barrin Simpson, that's for sure. He's gotten better each of the two weeks that he's played and hopefully he can continue to find a comfort zone out there and even get a little bit more productive."

GETTING TO CALVILLO: Defensive end Tom Canada is still pleased with what Winnipeg's defence was able to do against Toronto in holding them to only three field goals last week, and he said this week against Montreal the key is getting to quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

"He gets rid of the ball real quick so it's tough for a defensive line to get after him, but in the past when we've got after him and got some good hits on him, it rattled him a bit and he got off his game. That's the big thing for us, we need to stop the run and get Calvillo out of a rhythm."

BACKUP BLUES: Quarterback Kevin Glenn, who was replaced at pivot by Ryan Dinwiddie after the Bombers stumbled out to an 0-4 start, has been holding his head high since his demotion roughly two weeks ago.

"He's been, I don't know what the term is, professional.He's been a very positive guy, he certainly has been trying to be educational in terms of what he knows and what he sees and all those things that you'd like to see," said Berry. "I haven't sat down and said 'Just how frustrated do you feel Kevin?'. I know he's not happy with the position, but I know he's prepared and should his name get called again that he'll go in there and give us an outstanding job."

Glenn is in a tough situation right now as he tries to be supportive of Dinwiddie, while also wanting to help the team win, a position Berry doesn't envy.

Berry did admit that he almost called Glenn's number in the third quarter last week against Toronto, before Dinwiddie brought the Bombers to within eight points after an 85-yard strike to rookie Romby Bryant.

UNDER PRESSURE: After a 1-5 start one might assume Berry is starting to feel a little pressure.

That isn't the case though. Berry said yesterday that he's doing the best he can to put his team in a position to win each and every week.

"I know I'm doing my best and working very hard at it. I guess you get nervous about it if you feel like you're not contributing and not doing the best that you can, so I feel good about myself and I try to relay that to the team and I think we'll all be ready to play these last 12 (games)."


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