Bramlet earns second look

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

He was down but still determined.

Winnipeg quarterback Casey Bramlet knows he did not exactly impress his first time out and there will already be another gunslinger in town today.

Bramlet completed only one of eight passes for 13 yards, with one interception -- NOT two as released in the official stats package -- in his debut versus the Alouettes in Montreal on Sunday.

Bramlet replaced Blue Bombers starter Michael Bishop late in the first half of the game but was yanked himself after the third quarter.

"Obviously, it wasn't the way I wanted it to go," Bramlet said after his first taste of CFL action. "I mean, I got in and got a feel for how it works in live action. But obviously, I didn't complete a lot of the throws and I was just getting used to it. It's mid-season so they need me now and I understand the situation. I need to go out and make some plays."

Bramlet, 28, had not played in a game for more than a year and even then, it was an NFL pre-season match.

"Game speed is different than practice but that's no excuse," he said. "It is a different level being in a game. But it will come. It wasn't exactly what I wanted in my first appearance, especially with the throws I missed. But I felt confident out there and if I get the chance, I'll get better and better.

"Getting that experience with the live bullets flying at you helps being in that situation. Whether that situation is good or bad, you're going to learn from that experience."

Although the Bombers acquired QB Ricky Santos from Montreal yesterday, head coach Mike Kelly wants to see more of Bramlet.

"I do think he stood in there tough and the one throw he did complete to (wide receiver) Dudley (Guice), there was a facemask on the play, but he stood in there and got the ball released and Dudley made a nice catch," Kelly said. "But the only way we're going to know more about Casey is if Casey's plays. And that's where we have to look right now."

UNDER REVIEW: SB Terrence Edwards was knocked cold by Montreal LB Shea Emery in the fourth quarter but left the field on his own steam. Although there was no penalty on the play, Kelly plans to send videotape of the incident to the CFL head office for review. Edwards showed signs of a concussion yesterday.

"He pretty much caught a right hook from Mike Tyson and is still a little wobbly," Kelly said. "So, my guess is we'll likely sit him out this week."

TIRESOME: Several Bomber defenders expressed their frustration with the offence after Sunday's 33-14 loss.

"Can you blame them?" Kelly responded. "Look at how many snaps these guys have had to take; it's not fair.

"The fact that you haven't heard that sooner is a tribute to the way we have collectively hung together. But it comes to a point where enough's enough. We can't have the offence on the field for 20 minutes a game and expect the defence to play at the level that we all understand are capable of playing when they're out there 40 minutes a game. It's just not fair."

SHAW SIGNS: The Bombers signed former University of Manitoba DL Justin Shaw last night.


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