Bombers not panicking over depleted secondary

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

To most, the obvious question marks heading into Winnipeg's training camp were at quarterback and offensive line.

But, after the Blue Bombers dealt veteran defensive back Kelly Malveaux to Edmonton for import defensive end Fred Perry, they will enter the 2009 campaign with a ravaged secondary and even more bewilderment.

Previously, veteran import defensive backs Anthony Malbrough and Stanford Samuels parted ways with Winnipeg.

But the Bombers did not make the latest move lightly.

"It would have been easier to not make the move," Bombers director of player personnel John Murphy said yesterday. "But I felt very comfortable with the DBs we've acquired. We got James Johnson from Saskatchewan and Keyu Craver won a Grey Cup with Edmonton a few years ago. And (non-import safety Ian) Logan probably played the best football of his career at the end of last season."

The Bombers should also have Jovon Johnson and Willie Amos back in the fold.

Winnipeg also acquired import defensive back Lenny Walls from Calgary. Walls is a 6-foot-4, 197-pound Boston product who impressed in the four games he played for the Stampeders before suffering a knee injury.

"Our coaching staff has evaluated Lenny as a quality player that possesses the skill-set to play the halfback position in our defence," Bombers head coach Mike Kelly said in a release.

"We are very pleased to bring in a player with Lenny's experience and maturity to our locker-room."

Calgary head coach/GM John Hufnagel said Walls was expendable due to "contractual issues."

Some defensive backs with NFL experience and others will be challenging for starting spots in the secondary out of rookie camp, Murphy said.\


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