Dinwiddie dumped

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The ever-hopeful quarterback came to rookie camp excited about a chance to prove himself to a new regime.

But Ryan Dinwiddie didn't even make it to main camp as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers cut the four-year veteran yesterday.

"Yes, I'm a little shocked," Dinwiddie admitted. "But it's a business and something that I will have to live with."

Dinwiddie, who started for an injured Kevin Glenn in the 2007 Grey Cup, was expected to challenge former Edmonton Eskimos backup Stefan LeFors for the starting job.

'HOPING FOR BEST'

"They just said they didn't think that I was one of the guys who would fit into their offence," said Dinwiddie, who's hoping to catch on with another team.

Saskatchewan and Toronto may be in the market.

"We'll see and I'm hoping for the best," said the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Boise State product. "At least the timing does give me a chance to catch on with someone else."

The release leaves the Bombers with quarterbacks LeFors, returnee Bryan Randall, ex-NFLers James Kilian and Darrell Hackney as training camp opens at Canad Inns Stadium today at 7:45 a.m.

"He gave everything he had, but at the end of the day I just don't think some of the skill set I was looking for was there," said head coach Mike Kelly. "I wanted to move on and it was better to do it now than to string things along.

"I don't know if he was overly surprised. But he handled himself like Ryan's always handled himself. He was cordial, polite. He was obviously down but he thanked me for the opportunity, we shook hands and away he went."

LeFors, Kilian and Randall are mobile enough and have strong enough arms to fit into the club's new offensive scheme, which will include the wildcat formation which will be allowed in the CFL this season, said director of player personnel John Murphy.

"When you look at our system and what we're going to try to do this year, that may be some of the things that he doesn't do well," Murphy said. "There's nothing wrong with his work ethic or his attention to detail. He picked up what we were doing, but it was 'Can he do what we're doing?'"

The move did take some of the veterans by surprise, though.

"It was sad," said receiver Terrence Edwards. "I really liked playing with Dinwiddie. He's a real fiery guy and he understands the game and I just hope somebody gives him another chance because what people don't realize is that Dinwiddie is a hell of a quarterback."

Defensive tackle Doug Brown appreciated Dinwiddie's heart.

"Any time you have a guy who's played on a broken ankle, you know he's a passionate competitor, and he's a good guy," he said. "At the same time, I don't evaluate quarterbacks. As sad as it is to see him go, we've got our head coach who evaluates quarterbacks who saw something in the other four quarterbacks, which makes it exciting for the rest of us."

While the overweight Hackney isn't as mobile as the others, he has the best arm in camp.

"The arm is what keeps you wanting to see a little bit more and see what you have when you have more receivers who know exactly what they're doing and where they're going," said Murphy.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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