Ball hopes days of bouncing around are over

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:25 PM ET

David Ball has bounced around football for the last three years.

Ball would love it if he stopped rolling and stuck around Winnipeg for a while.

The Bombers officially announced Ball’s signing on Monday, and the freshly turned 26-year-old was solid during his first set of two-a-days with the Blue and Gold. The highlight was a twisting, leaping grab along the sidelines in the morning session that caught the attention of the crowd.

“The reason why I’m continuing to play football is because everywhere I’ve gone I’ve had success,” said Ball, who had NFL stops with Chicago and the New York Jets and in the CFL with Montreal and Hamilton.

Ball, who is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, broke Jerry Rice’s NCAA Division II touchdown receiving record while at the University of New Hampshire, which just happens to be a place that Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice used to work.

“He catches the ball very well,” LaPolice said. “It doesn’t matter — any angle on his body and anywhere near the cylinder of his body, he catches the ball.

“I coached at New Hampshire, and I know the head coach very well, and what he told me was in his 30 years (Ball) caught the ball better than anyone else he’s ever seen. We’ll see how he does learning the system.”

NEW HOME: The Bombers have moved draft pick Chris Greaves from the defensive line to the offensive line, and he is apparently fitting in well.

“Boy, he’s got tools for a kid who has not played football on the offensive side of the ball in about six years,” LaPolice said. “He could be a great offensive lineman in this league. He’s long-armed, he’s athletic, and he’s physical.”

LATE HITS: Steve Morley got more first-team reps at right guard on Monday, taking over for Ryan Donnelly … GM Joe Mack, LaPolice and defensive co-ordinator Kavis Reed did 10 pushups at the end of 1-on-1s between the receivers and the defensive backs. The DBs lost the last clash with the receivers, so everyone on defence hit the turf. Mack, 56, and LaPolice, 39, did so as well … Ball’s addition gives the Bombers 73 players in camp, including four draft picks and Canadian college players … The Argos lost draft pick Steven Turner, a speedy receiver, to a ruptured Achilles tendon on Monday ... Defensive end Gavin Walls, whom Winnipeg traded to Montreal in the off-season, suffered a knee injury on Day 1 of Alouettes training camp on Sunday and is out indefinitely, according to The Gazette.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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