Blue Bombers stand pat

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

The airlift can wait.

Even if Winnipeg had lost its last CFL game, the Blue Bombers would not have spent a lot of cash on flights bringing in NFL cuts here in a mad panic to improve a desperate situation.

"Adding guys on the fly is not something we're looking at," Bomber director of player personnel John Murphy said earlier this week.

However, you can still expect some players to be at camp when the Bombers resume their practice schedule this Sunday.

But do not expect immediate help for the club's return game.

"I wouldn't want a guy who's never returned in a CFL game," said Murphy, who has been scouring NFL training camps for almost a month.

"He would have to learn the rules so that would be more of a next-year thing.

"And we're not looking for an Armstead type because (linebacker) Derrick Doggett has performed too well on special teams to be able to add a one-dimensional player."

Jason Armstead, who returned kicks so admirably for the Bombers last season, was released before training camp after he got into some legal problems in the U.S.

Nor do the Bombers plan to add a quarterback just yet.

"We're still training our No. 1 guy to be No. 1 and to add another guy right now wouldn't be fair to him because he would just be standing around," Murphy said.

REID ON TOP: As expected Bombers RB Fred Reid was named the CFL's top offensive player -- unanimously. Reid set a club record when he rushed for 260 yards on 26 carries in Winnipeg's 37-10 win over the Lions in B.C. -- the third best single-game rushing total in CFL history ... Saskatchewan's DE Stevie Baggs -- a former Bomber -- was named the top defensive player ... Montreal S Matthieu Proulx and KR Larry Taylor were named the top Canadian and special teams players, respectively.


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