Bombers' Brock improving

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- This has not been a banner season for Brock Ralph.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers acquired the speedy Canadian pass-catcher from the Edmonton Eskimos last winter but, until lately, he has not shown the type of promise of a player who caught 50 passes for 721 yards one season.

But Ralph had perhaps his best game as a Bomber last week. He caught five passes for 47 yards and added 24 yards on one carry. The week before, Ralph looked like he had started to come out of his shell with three receptions for 24 yards.

"I'm in a better place mentally for myself and the last couple of weeks, I've played better football," the Raymond, Alta., native said. "More than making an extra catch or two, I've been consistent through the game and they're not as many negative plays. So I do feel better about where I'm at and where we're at as an offence, which has helped a lot, too. "

The offence has had problems all season until just recently -- the main reason why Winnipeg is 5-8. But all that losing dragged Ralph down.

"The mental part was getting through the pains of losing and having to look at every loss and saying, 'What could I have done better?' " explained Ralph, who has caught 28 passes for 332 yards and no touchdowns thus far.

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly, who coached Ralph in Edmonton last year, knows what Ralph puts himself through.

"He can be his own worst enemy," Kelly said.

Kelly was encouraged by Ralph's performance last week.

"I believe in Brock. He's done some good things for us this year."

JIM.BENDER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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