No Superman cape

There will be a certain comfort level if Michael Bishop starts on Saturday against his former Argo...

There will be a certain comfort level if Michael Bishop starts on Saturday against his former Argo teammates. (Sun Media/Dave Abel)

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Michael Bishop didn't come riding in on a white horse and there were no signs of a Superman cape as the newest Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback hit the field for the first time.

While some of the faithful are expecting Bishop to be a saviour for the 1-3 Blue Bombers, Bishop just wants to come in and do what he can to help the team win games -- whether that means settling into a backup role or taking over from Stefan LeFors as the main man.

"You don't have to have that many plays (memorized) to go in and play a game. As long as you execute, you can win," said Bishop, who was officially added to the practice roster yesterday and wearing No. 16. "My main thing is to learn as fast as I can, get as many reps as I can and be ready if I get the nod."

When Bishop was traded from the Toronto Argonauts to the Saskatchewan Roughriders last season, he started immediately after joining his new club and actually beat the Blue Bombers in his first start -- so there will be a certain comfort level if he starts the game under centre on Saturday in the rematch with the Boatmen.

"The coaching staff has to make the decision that's best for the team," said Bishop. "If they feel I can go in and get the job done with a week's worth of practice, I'm all for it. I know I can go out there, run a basic offence and move the ball up and down the field."

Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly isn't close to being ready to name his starter for Saturday's game, but he conceded that Bishop is in the discussion.

No scout player

"If we can get him ready, yeah. Certainly. I can't say today if that's going to be the case or not. We'll have to see," said Kelly. "We're going to do our best to get him ready to play. We didn't bring him in here to stand around and run cards, he's not going to be a scout team player for us. He's got valuable experience, he's won games in this league, he's taken teams into the playoffs.

"We've got a very good defence here, very good special teams. We've got to find a way to get this offence jump-started, somehow, some way in order for us to be productive as a team."

Kelly also unveiled that the Blue and Gold actually considered bringing Bishop in after LeFors was involved in the big collision with Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd a few weeks ago.

After meeting with Bishop for roughly four hours on Sunday, Kelly believes the new pivot is ahead of the game when it comes to learning the terminology of the Blue Bombers offensive scheme, since some of it is similar to what Bishop used during his time with the Argos.

"The language is very similar, so the learning curve won't be quite as steep as far as learning our offence because he already has a base understanding of it," said Kelly. "Now it's just a matter of getting up to speed."

For anyone who was watching yesterday's workout, Bishop's arm strength was immediately evident.

"We still lead the league in rushing but everybody is ganging up on us, so we have to stretch the defence and throw the ball down the field," said Kelly. "Obviously, we have not been able to do that. It's a collective effort. Michael's ability to put the ball down the field and to make plays with his feet certainly fit into our skill set that we're looking for."

HASHMARK: At the end of the media session, Kelly wasn't ready commit when asked if he planned to keep all four quarterbacks around. "I don't know yet," said Kelly. "I'll let you know."


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