A new fullback may be on his way to Winnipeg.
According to a Hamilton report, McMaster’s Andre Sadeghian is expected to sign with the Blue Bombers after being released by the Tiger-Cats on the eve of training camp.
Although Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson refused to confirm the report, he did not deny it. “CFL rules say we’re only allowed to talk about guys we’ve signed,” Hodgkinson said Thursday.
Sadeghian, 25, is a 5-foot-10, 235-pounder drafted by the B.C. Lions in 2007. He played 15 games for Hamilton last season.
LOOKIN’ GOOD: Cory Watson, Winnipeg’s top draft pick this year, has not looked out of place during the first two days of rookie camp.
“Watson is who we thought he was,” said Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice. “He’s showing up at this level and making some plays.”
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound receiver admitted to being nervous before he hit the field for the first time here. “I didn’t know what to expect,” said Watson, 26. “But, once I got that out of the way, it was all right. Then (Thursday), I felt very comfortable.
“It’s been great. I see some improvement so I’m very proud of that.”
But even rookie camp is an adjustment for the Concordia product.
“Everything goes a lot faster than CIS,” said Watson, who has been clocked at 4.5 in the 100. “Everything’s at a rapid pace and you need to catch on very quickly. So, it’s more like what kind of head you have on your shoulders than anything else.
“The quarterbacks are lot better here. The balls come a lot faster and are a lot more accurate.”
SMITH SIGNED: Also adjusting from the college game is linebacker Chris Smith, another draftee who was officially signed Thursday.
“The speed of the play is a lot faster than it was back in college,” said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Queen’s product. “But, so far, so good. I’m happy with the position I’m playing (weak-side linebacker) and the defence is learning it pretty quickly so, I’m happy with it so far.
“I didn’t know what to expect (the first day). I knew these guys were going to be big and fast but so am I … Coming in (Thursday), I was a lot more confident.”
Smith, 22, was named defensive player of the game when Queen’s won the Vanier Cup, recording 4.5 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’ve been making plays and I’m still going to try to make some plays so they notice me and I can stick around.”
MORE WORK: Because WRs D.J. Hall and Travis Shelton went down with hamstring injuries, Winnipeg Rifles product Yembeh Moiba is getting more reps.
“I’m hoping he keeps learning the game and gets better, but he’s making some plays,” LaPolice said.
ARMSTRONG A LEO: Former Bomber WR Derick Armstrong is being given a chance to attempt a comeback with B.C. this season. But first, Lions head coach/GM Wally Buono checked out the situation that led to former Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly releasing Armstrong.
“There was a personality conflict between the coach and him,” Buono told the Vancouver Sun. “I guess it got to the point where the coach was getting a little bit out of line. I was told it even got a little bit personal ... and it got out of control. After doing the character check on him, he’s not the kind of person with one foot out of jail every day.”