Bishop catching on quick

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

The official transfer of power won't be made until tomorrow, at the earliest, but the fact Michael Bishop took roughly 65% of the snaps with the first-string offence tells you all you need to know about who the starting quarterback is likely going to be on Saturday.

However, Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly said he wasn't going to make an announcement of any kind until tomorrow.

"Let's have another full day of practice and then see how things go," said Kelly, who was then asked what he thought of Bishop's second day on the field with the club. "He looked good. It's first-day stuff, but like I said (Monday) the learning curve isn't real steep as far as terminology. There's a few things he has to get straightened in his mind that might be a little backward from what he's done in the past. He was getting it all lined up."

Kelly preached caution when asked if he viewed Bishop as a long or shorter-term solution.

"Let's just see how that plays out at this point," said Kelly. "Mike is only 33 years old, which is a good age for a quarterback. He doesn't have a lot of wear and tear on his body. Let's just see how things progress. I don't want to jump ahead before we need to."

For the second consecutive day, Bishop was showcasing his arm strength under less-than-ideal conditions.

"I don't think he noticed that there was any wind out there," said Kelly. "When he throws the ball, it gets from Point A to Point B rather rapidly."

'MADE SOME STRIDES'

For his part, Bishop believes he is picking up the offence quickly and is preparing to get playing time on Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Argonauts, whether that means as a starter or coming off the bench in relief.

"Day 2, I got a chance to take some reps and was live with everybody," said Bishop. "I completed a couple of balls and got an opportunity to look at the full offence. Being out there with the guys in the huddle, just getting ready for a football game. It was a positive day for me. I made some strides and tomorrow is another day to get better.

"When I'm on the field, I have a job to do. I'm definitely looking forward to getting out there and getting it done."

Bishop, who said he is comfortable under centre or in shotgun, believes he's already beginning to click with his new and talented receiving corps.

"Everything is falling into place -- we're going to have some misfires, but we're also going to have some great catches," said Bishop. "Sometimes you can't win the game by going deep every play, but when you have a chance, you've got to connect with it. Hopefully, we have a lot of chances on Saturday."


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