Bryant spinning his wheels

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

You could argue that the men throwing the footballs just haven't been able to get him the ball often enough.

Or maybe Romby Bryant is having trouble picking up Winnipeg's new offensive system that was supposed to take the CFL by storm.

Or perhaps defenders are paying more attention to the Blue Bomber receiver after he proved to be an impact player last season and he's just not getting open.

Then again, it could be Bryant is suffering a sophomore jinx.

But the bottom line is that Bryant has caught only 10 passes for 99 yards -- a 9.9-yard average -- and ZERO touchdowns in five games.

Not only that but Bryant has dropped almost half as many passes as he has caught.

Last year, the 6-foot-1, 191-pound Tulsa product led the Bombers with 1,206 yards on 65 receptions -- an 18.6-yard average -- and a team-high nine TDs.

"For whatever reason, and we've tried a variety of things as far as moving Romby around and trying to create different personnel matchups, it just hasn't clicked yet." Bomber head coach Mike Kelly said yesterday.

This week, Bryant has been moved to wideout with Brock Ralph coming inside in yet another effort to spark Bryant's big-play ability, which could take advantage of the gun for an arm new quarterback Michael Bishop possesses.

"If Michael can get him the ball down the field, that would certainly stretch the defence and give Romby the opportunity for some dynamic plays," Kelly said. "We just haven't been able to get it into synch yet."

We'd tell you what Bryant is thinking about all of this and whether he is starting to worry about his job being on the line, but the club allows him to snub Bomber fans by declining all interviews with the media, the go-between between the club's supporters and the players -- whether he is playing well or not.


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