Willis anxious to get in

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Only one of the three players acquired from Calgary to inject life into the withering Winnipeg Blue Bombers will suit up tomorrow.

Import defensive end Odell Willis will make his Bomber debut when Winnipeg plays host to the Toronto Argonauts at Canad Inns Stadium at 8 p.m.

"Man, I'm really anxious to get in," Willis said yesterday. "I've got my dawg (Gavin Walls) at the other end and we want to get in and turn this around."

But he is still learning the defensive system.

"That's when you distinguish yourself between a good player and a great player," he said. "I mean, you know you're kind of behind on a play so you know you've got to do extra work to try to catch up ... I know I'm not going to catch up right away but it's your job to catch up and try to help the team win."

Willis, however, will rotate with Philip Hunt, who will make his CFL debut.

"Odell has come in here and has impressed right off the bat," said Bomber head coach Mike Kelly. "Odell has more experience playing in games so, he'll have an advantage there."

Neither of the other Stampeders involved in the trade will dress. Non-import receiver Jabari Arthur is out for the season with a foot injury and import wide receiver/kick returner Titus Ryan, an import, will watch Otis Amey make his own CFL debut after spending the last couple of weeks on the practice roster.

"We'll probably go with Amey because he's been here longer and has a little better feel for it," Kelly explained. "Otis has certainly shown us some bursts where we get intrigued. So, let's put him out here and see what he can do."

EMRY FINED: Veteran import SB Terrence Edwards will sit out with the symptoms of the concussion suffered when he was blindsided by Montreal linebacker Shea Emry. The CFL fined Emry an undisclosed sum for the hit yesterday.

QB NO. 10: The Bombers welcomed yet another QB to camp yesterday. Adam DiMichele, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound Temple product, was plucked off the Calgary practice roster and inked to Winnipeg's.

"He threw for over 5,000 yards over his career there," said Kelly. "He's been productive and we're hoping to give him an opportunity and see what he has."'

REID READY: With so many new catchers being introduced to each other, tailback Fred Reid was asked if there was more pressure on him to break out of a three-game rushing slump.

"Oh yeah, definitely," said Reid, who still leads the CFL in rushing. "Every week, I'm trying to do better than the last game. We're doing some things this week in practice to open some things up and hopefully, that will give me a little bit more running room.

"But, other than that, I'm coming out to play hard no matter what. However that goes, we just need to win."

HASHMARKS: The Bombers have released non-import WR Michael Hyman ... Sources say the Bombers tried to get QB Dalton Bell out of Saskatchewan but passed when they were offered Calvin Harrell. Then they acquired QB Ricky Santos from Montreal ... A Fire Mike Kelly Rally is being held at the corner of Portage and Main today at 8 a.m.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


Photos