Brown sharing the load

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

Doug Brown, unlike Derick Armstrong, has not only agreed to a rotational system, but he is embracing it.

The 34-year-old Bombers defensive tackle is able to give it his all on the football field these days thanks to Canadian backup Don Oramasionwu spelling him from time to time.

Brown, the East Division's top defensive player last season, said rotating was "kind of frowned upon" by his former coaches, but he's loving the new arrangement.

"We've got a couple 23-year-olds in the mix here with the D-line," Brown said of Oramasionwu and fellow starter Dorian Smith. "I can play at 100% all the time out there and rotate in and out, especially on a hot day like (Saturday in Toronto).

"It's makes it easy, too, when guys come in and they make plays. It's fantastic to have that depth on the defensive line right now. It just allows all of us to be better, because we don't have to play at 60% or 75% when we're tired out there.

"I get gassed, I can come off the field and Donny can come in and get a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. And I'm like, 'Great job.' It makes us that much stronger defensively."

PAGING MR. REID: There's a reason why Bomber tailback Fred Reid had only 26 rushing yards on Saturday.

"My emphasis, to be quite honest, was to push the ball down the field, and the run game was secondary to me," head coach Mike Kelly said. "I needed to show that we could throw the ball down the field."

Reid had a season-low eight carries against the Argos, but Kelly said he should get the pigskin more this Saturday in Calgary against the Stampeders (2-3) now that the Bombers (2-3) have established some semblance of a deep passing game.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Slotback Terrence Edwards went from 29th to 13th in CFL receiving yards thanks to his seven-catch, 110-yard, one-touchdown performance in Saturday's 13-12 win over the Argos.

"As a competitor and as a player, you want to be put in position to make plays and help the team win," said Edwards, who nearly doubled his season total to 244 receiving yards. "That's all I ask for: Make me feel like I'm earning my paycheque. And (Saturday) I did."

MORE TO GIVE: Bombers right tackle Glenn January played with new No. 1 quarterback Michael Bishop in both Toronto and Saskatchewan, and he said the quarterback wasn't clicking at even 50% on Saturday.

"He's not going to come out there after four days and be at 100%," January said. "Just knowing what Bishop can do, I'd say that's probably about 30% or 40% of his full capability."

MORE TO GIVE II: Linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz had two of his team-leading four interceptions on Saturday, but he wasn't totally happy with his performance.

"This was one of my worst games, actually, mentally," Shabazz said. "There's a lot of improvements (to be made) still out there, but we definitely did a great job on defence."

LATE HITS: Linebacker Neil McKinlay doubled his career interception and forced fumble totals on Saturday when he recorded one of each ... Safety Ian Logan, with two interceptions this season, has already tied a career high ... The Stampeders are getting hit hard in their receiving corps. Ryan Thelwell, who last week replaced the done-for-the-year Ken-Yon Rambo, is nursing a nagging hamstring injury and is questionable for Saturday ... The Bombers return to the practice field today at 11 a.m., but all workouts this week will be at Rods Field in St. James. Canad Inns Stadium is being prepared for Friday's Aerosmith/ZZ Top concert.


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