Jeffers-Harris playing like a veteran

KIRK PENTON,QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

HAMILTON, Ont. — Terence Jeffers-Harris played like he should have been left at home in Winnipeg, because he looked like a 10-year veteran.

He threw a big-time block to spring Steven Jyles on a run, he delivered a nasty stiff arm on his 53-yard catch-and-run, he smoothly caught passes and ran like the wind. All told, he hauled in three balls for 79 yards and a two-yard touchdown, and it all came against Hamilton’s No. 1 defensive unit.

The Lawrenceville, Ga., product, who turns 22 on Thursday, figures he played himself on to the team after leading the team in receiving for the second straight pre-season game.

“I would like to think so,” Jeffers-Harris said under the hot sun outside the Bomber locker-room. “Really, honestly, I’d like to think so. I’m pretty sure that is the case, yeah.”

Not so fast, said head coach Paul LaPolice, who beams about players about as often as Lindsay Lohan is sober.

“Did he?” LaPolice shot back when it was suggested Jeffers-Harris played like a crafty veteran. “I don’t know. He had a nice catch up the sideline. Did he block anybody?”

As a matter of fact he did, coach. He popped some poor Ticat, allowing Jyles to gain 23 yards on the ground in the second quarter. His stiff arm was a thing of beauty as well.

“It’s just part of the arsenal,” Jeffers-Harris said. “You lift to get big. You need to use it.”

LaPolice threw water on the Jeffers-Harris party but admitted he wasn’t that bad.

“Don’t throw him into the Hall of Fame just yet,” LaPolice said. “But no, he made some good plays. He’s got raw talent abilities, and it was great to see him go up the sideline.”

CAMP BATTLE WATCH: Here is our take on Sunday’s action at a few Bomber starting spots that are still up for grabs:

Halfback — Keyuo Craver played most of the game, and although he got beat a couple of times the receiver didn’t catch the ball. Jason Tate had a rough day, allowing Drisan James’ 56-yard touchdown catch, while Alex Suber got beat on Arland Bruce’s 10-yard TD grab but also recovered a fumble.

Weak-side linebacker — Marcellus (Marty) Bowman got the start and had a tackle, a special teams takedown and was all over the field, while Courtney Smith played most of the second and third quarters and didn’t look too bad, either. Bowman, however, gets the go-ahead nod here.

Canadian receiver — Top draft pick Cory Watson had a slick, eight-yard touchdown catch, and a 32-yard grab, while falling backwards, that the replay showed was out of bounds. No matter, because there’s no instant replay in the pre-season. He finished with three catches for 48 yards. Scott McHenry had two grabs for 21 yards.

Right tackle — Import Andre Douglas played the first quarter and was followed by Canadian Luke Fritz in the second and third. Fritz appeared to play well, tossing defensive linemen on a few plays. He also played centre and didn’t fire any shotgun snaps over the quarterback’s head.

INJURY WATCH: Long snapper Chris Cvetkovic (knee) and receiver Aaron Hargreaves (head) left the game in the first half and didn’t return. The injuries will be updated on Monday, LaPolice said.

QUOTABLE: “It was bittersweet. I needed to get back into it, but it was kind of ugly.”

— Kick returner Travis Shelton, on his first appearance since rookie camp, which didn’t go as well as he would’ve liked. Jovon Johnson might just get to be both a cornerback and kick returner again this season.

BY THE NUMBERS: Winnipeg’s Chris Davis had a team-high four catches for 45 yards … Not that he has to worry, but Winnipeg’s leading receiver last season, Adarius Bowman, had two bad drops to go along with the sure touchdown he put on the turf last week against Montreal … The Bombers had eight offside penalties … The Ticats played most of their starters, so the outcome was never really in doubt. Quarterback Kevin Glenn played the first half and completed 16 of 26 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns … Cornerback Donald Brown Jr. had Winnipeg’s lone interception … Winnipeg’s Alexis Serna was 2-for-3 in the field goal department, connecting from 35 and 10 yards but missing from 45 … Hamilton’s Sandro DeAngelis was good on three of four field goal tries … Marquay McDaniel had Hamilton’s other TD grab, a 26-yarder from Glenn … The Ticat offence, playing against mostly Bomber backups on defence, had 522 yards of net offence to Winnipeg’s 299.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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