Coach's grin says it all about Walls

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

If you were wondering how the Bombers really feel about defensive back Lenny Walls, Mike Kelly's toothy smile yesterday said it all.

It's not difficult to figure out that the head coach believes Walls, who was acquired from the Calgary Stampeders for a second-round draft pick last month, is going to be a steal of a deal.

"We hope so," Kelly said, grinning from ear to ear. "We'll just wait and see."

Walls is a 6-foot-4 ball hawk who started 25 NFL games between 2002 and 2007, registering one interception, 28 pass knockdowns, two forced fumbles and 124 tackles.

He played the final four regular-season games for the Stamps last fall but missed the Grey Cup run after injuring his ankle in practice. While his playing time was minimal, he proved that he could blanket the league's top receivers.

He had an interception while covering Saskatchewan's Weston Dressler, held Winnipeg's Romby Bryant to four catches for 34 yards (including a lucky touchdown), while B.C.'s Geroy Simon mustered only three grabs for 27 yards.

Walls, who has battled injuries in recent years, sees no reason why he can't be a shutdown defensive back in the CFL.

Shutdown DB

"I expect that of myself, and I'm sure my teammates do as well," he said. "A 6-foot-5 cornerback with my abilities, I should be able to make some things happen. I hope I can make some things happen."

FINALLY? Steve Morley has been a lost soul of sorts since he returned to the CFL from the NFL two years ago, but he has all but wrapped up Winnipeg's starting left tackle spot.

"He is a left tackle, and maybe that has been the thing that's hindered him in his career in the league so far, is that people have moved him all around," Kelly said.

"We believe that his skill sets are best suited to be a left tackle, and he seems to be settling in there nicely and is performing well right now."

Morley, a former first overall draft pick who couldn't land a starting job in Toronto or Saskatchewan the last two seasons, was happy with his performance in Wednesday's pre-season win over Hamilton.

"It was probably the first time I've started in a while at left tackle, so I'll take it. Definitely I'll take it," the Halifax native said.

"I don't think (quarterback Stefan LeFors) got hit at all in the first quarter, and I was happy with the run blocking. We had a couple of touchdowns on my side, so I'm happy with that, too."


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