Rifle-armed Bishop

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

When the Bomber receivers use the JUGS machine, they set the football-dispensing apparatus at approximately 40 miles per hour.

The speed at which Michael Bishop tosses the ball? More than 40 miles an hour, that's for sure.

"He's probably about 55," slotback Terrence Edwards said.

"Normal is about 30 maybe. So he's above. I don't think he even tries to throw it hard, but it's just his normal velocity."

The Bombers pass catchers have welts on their upper bodies after a week of practising with Bishop, so at least they know what's in store for them tomorrow afternoon at Rogers Centre against the Argos.

"You really have to get your head around to catch the ball," Edwards said. "You might see some drops out there, and it's not because we're not catching (well). He can get it out so fast, you gotta get your head around and you gotta get your hands prepared to catch his ball, because it will go right through.

"It's very strong. It's one of the strongest I've ever played with, and I played with Michael Vick in the NFL. They're two of the strongest-arm quarterbacks I've ever played with."

Bishop throws it so hard that he banged up a couple of his receivers this week.

"He hit me the other day on my wrist, and it was red for a while," Edwards said. "And it hurt like the dickens."

'Swollen knuckle'

Head coach Mike Kelly reported wide receiver Brock Ralph has a swollen knuckle after catching a Bishop bullet.

"(The receivers) are wearing two pairs of gloves on each hand now, because the ball's coming in there a little differently than what they've been used to," Kelly said.

The coach added a handful of Bishop's career interceptions were likely the result of hard passes that bounced off the intended receiver and into a defensive back's hands.

Edwards doesn't care how quickly the ball gets to him; he just wants to get it. He has only eight catches for 134 yards through four games, which puts him on pace for 36 catches and 603 receiving yards.

Edwards had 76 receptions for 1,010 receiving yards last year, and he's hopeful that Bishop will be the answer in getting the receivers going.

"I'm very excited," he said. "I just want to go out there and do what they pay me to do.

"It's been frustrating not being able to get some attempts. We want to win, and everybody wants to go out there and produce and feel like they're pulling their weight in the offence."


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