The key to Winnipeg's attack today is still its once-dreaded tailback.
But Fred Reid is mired in a slump and the play-action pass becomes less effective when the big hitter is not throwing the kind of fear into opponents that he did earlier this season.
"We certainly need to get him on track," Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly said yesterday. "We've worked very hard this week on doing that. Fred's like a lot of young players in that there are times when they try to do too much ... He tries to do it on his own rather than having some patience and wait for the blocking to develop, then hit it."
Reid even called out his offensive line after another sub-par outing (37 yards against Montreal) last week.
"Oh yeah, I've been frustrated but I need to control all that," Reid said on the eve of today's crucial contest against Hamilton. "We know we're not going to be perfect every week. We just hope that everything will fall into place when we play our game."
Wide receiver Adarius Bowman will return to action after missing last week's game due to a knee injury and that should help balance the attack.
"Any time Fred Reid touches the ball, he's a threat," said Tiger-Cats defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall. "So we've got to do a great job of clogging the rush lanes and getting after Fred because I know he's antsy to have a big game."
TROY ON RUN: Bomber P Troy Westwood punted for a 40.5-yard average against Montreal last week, many coming off running punts.
"It's just something that gives us an option on the field and changes up the whole thing of punting," said Westwood, who had approached the coaches after seeing it in the playbook. "It's an interesting aspect and adds kind of a twist to the punt game and kind of messes up their punt return a little, so it's just part of the arsenal."