Chang needs time to learn the lingo

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Timmy Chang didn't see the need to get specific when asked what his strengths are as a quarterback.

"I throw the ball," Winnipeg's newest pivot said yesterday. "That's what I do."

The former member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats practised with the Bombers for the first time yesterday, joining Kevin Glenn, Ryan Dinwiddie and Bryan Randall in the team's quarterbacking stable.

Don't expect to see Chang under centre anytime soon, however, as he has a lot of catching up to do.

"Each team has different terminology, and what Timmy's heard in his prior CFL experience and U.S. college experience is opposite of the terminology that we use here," head coach Doug Berry said.

Chang lit up the NCAA ranks while guiding the University of Hawaii in his home state, but he couldn't translate that success to the CFL with the Ticats.

A year and a half of wallowing in Hamilton hasn't gotten Chang down.

"I didn't play too good the chances I got to start there," he said. "I don't doubt myself. I know what I can do, but it's all about preparing and being ready when you get the call."

Chang will remain on the team's practice roster while they evaluate his talents.

"There's no timeline," Berry said. Let's get him evaluated, see what his development is, how accurate his throws are, how quickly he learns the system."

CAMERA SHY?: New Bombers running back Joe Smith was asked yesterday if he has a disdain for the media like his predecessor, Charles Roberts.

"It's part of my job, so I gotta take it," Smith said. "As long as you guys don't hit me upside the head or anything, I'll be all right."

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