Bowman big on changes

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

When Adarius Bowman signed a contract extension in mid-February, he was excited about the upcoming CFL season.

Since then, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver has watched his team sign a pair of quarterbacks, Buck Pierce and Steven Jyles, that have Bowman even more pumped for the campaign.

“From the looks of it right now, I feel like we shouldn’t have to make any more changes (at quarterback),” the 24-year-old said Wednesday at Canad Inns Stadium. “Basing it off of last year, I don’t really want to go through that another year. I’m not saying it was the worst, but …”

The Oklahoma State product made 55 catches for 925 yards and six touchdowns last season, his first in Blue and Gold. It was quite an accomplishment considering the woeful offensive system that was in place, not to mention the unproven Stefan LeFors and the inconsistent Michael Bishop were the ones tossing the pigskin.

Bowman knows Jyles from their 2008 season together in Saskatchewan, and he’s seen the fine work that Pierce has done with the B.C. Lions over the last five seasons.

“He’s a tough guy to play against,” Bowman said. “I feel like that’s a positive for me to have both of those guys here. I’m ready to see how it works out.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound pass catcher is in Winnipeg for the foreseeable future, deciding to get a head start on the receivers he’ll be competing against when training camp opens on June 6.

He is already somewhat familiar with the playbook, considering new Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice was his offensive co-ordinator in Regina two years ago, but a refresher course certainly won’t hurt. He pointed out he’s trying to erase last year’s playbook from his mind.

And looking at the receiver talent GM Joe Mack has assembled this off-season, getting an early jump on the playbook might not be a bad idea. Former Alabama star D.J. Hall is on the training camp roster, as is hot prospect Terence Jeffers-Harris.

The Bombers have also agreed to terms with former Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Chris Davis, who had a 122-yard game against Winnipeg last July, but have yet to officially announce his signing.

“I just gotta worry about me,” Bowman said. “I’m not trying to toot my horn or anything, but I’m not scared. I’m going to show up.”

Bowman, whose goal is to sign an NFL contract next off-season, played wide receiver last season but wouldn’t mind moving inside to play slotback in 2010.

“Hopefully I can get in there at the slot,” he said. “That’s only a plus if I’m able to play more than one position. Hopefully I can play three of them. I’m just going to continue to try to learn all the plays and all the different positions and just be ready for any type of environment.”

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