Receiver given walking papers after great day

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

Rookie receiver Kenny Strickland had his best day of training camp Thursday.

Then he was cut.

Anyone who attended the final day of back-to-back practices at Bomber training camp on Thursday witnessed Strickland making catch after catch in the rainy and cool conditions while many others dropped the ball.

Strickland’s performance was so good that it prompted the media to ask head coach Paul LaPolice about the young man’s great day. LaPolice knew Strickland was gonzo, but he didn’t say it. In hindsight, his answer was telling.

“He did a couple of things today, but we keep evaluating guys,” LaPolice said. “I told them you’re not evaluated on one day. And what he did well today was some of the scout team stuff, where you don’t have to really think.

“We want guys who can think on the fly, not just read a card.”

MORE NEW BLOOD: The Bombers got rid of Strickland, but they also added two imports in linebacker Merrill Johnson and offensive lineman Carlton Medder, whom the B.C. Lions released earlier this week.

The addition of Medder at this late stage of camp makes it appear that LaPolice is intent on using two import tackles. Medder, a 6-foot-5, 319-pound Brooklyn, N.Y., native, played right tackle at Florida, where he was a second-team SEC all-star in 2007 and started in the Gators’ BCS championship win over Ohio State.

Johnson spent four years at Auburn, where he made 122 tackles. Johnson is likely to play in Sunday’s pre-season game in Hamilton, while Medder is not.

UH-OH? Quarterback Buck Pierce didn’t finish Thursday’s second practice, instead watching the rest of the session with a bag of ice on his throwing arm.

It’s nothing serious, according to the coach.

“It’s just a little sore with it being cold out, so we just held him out the last couple of reps,” LaPolice said.


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