Bombers pick up QB

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

He's got legs and he knows how to use them, which is why Richie Williams will officially become a Bomber quarterback today.

The team will put the finishing touches on a contract with the former Hamilton Tiger-Cat this morning and should have him on the field for this afternoon's practice.

The move comes one day after the Bombers released Ryan Dinwiddie, and it makes Williams the team's most experienced pivot. The 26-year-old appeared in 20 games for the Ticats over the last three seasons, throwing 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

"His ability to attack the flank, his mobility, his ability to put pressure on a defence with his feet will fit in with what we're looking for," Bombers head coach Mike Kelly said. "This is not any kind of indication that we're not pleased with what we have here so far."

Williams, who was released after the Tabbies signed Kevin Glenn, will have a good shot at Winnipeg's backup role.

IT'S A REVOLUTION: More than 2,000 fans showed up for yesterday's afternoon workout, and several longtime observers could not recall a bigger training camp crowd.

The Bombers referred to the practice as the first meeting of the Blue Revolution, the team's marketing slogan this season.

The team got a kick out of seeing so many supporters, according to its head coach.

"The community showed their support here today, and it was just an awesome thing to see," Kelly said.

NEW DIGIT: Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson has permanently changed his number from 51 to 5.

"I was kind of contemplating it anyway, but coach asked me would I consider changing for some special teams purposes," Simpson said. "I was like, yes, it's a new day, a new revolution, and it was exciting."

The switch means there are a lot of fans this morning with vintage Simpson jerseys.

Bomber Store manager Jeffrey Bannon said he caught a break, because he can slap Simpson name bars on all their old Glenn jerseys.

LATE HITS: Canadian S Ian Logan signed a contract extension yesterday for two years and an option ... DB Lenny Walls, a former Denver Bronco acquired in an off-season trade with Calgary, is refusing to report until he gets a new contract ... Winnipeg added DB Ronyell Whitaker yesterday. The 30-year-old appeared in 31 games for Tampa and Minnesota between 2003 and 2007 ... Former University of Manitoba Bisons WR Terry Firr had a tryout with the Bombers last week and will likely join camp once he gets over a bout with the flu ... K Darren Booth, the former rugby player from England who kicked a few balls after a rookie camp practice on Thursday, was not offered a training camp roster spot.


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