Bombers not determined to get Doggett

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- It sounds as if the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ interest in Derrick Doggett is lukewarm at best.

GM Joe Mack said he will “consider” bringing the special teams demon back to Winnipeg, but he added there isn’t a pressing need to get him in a uniform.

“It’s not reflective of him, it’s just reflective of that the roster’s set, we have a new staff, there’d be different terminology, a different defence,” Mack said. “We just have to see how it kind of evolves.”

Doggett was a special teams star for the Bombers last season and signed with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers in January, with the Blue and Gold retaining his rights. The Steelers released him on June 15, and he cleared NFL waivers on Friday.

The ball is now in Winnipeg’s court, but it sounds like they’re not so sure they need him.

“I haven’t really had a chance to see much of him on defence, so we’ll have to ascertain how he fits in there,” Mack said. “We’d want to speak to him and his agent, see how it goes.”

Doggett’s agent, Wynn Silberman, said in an e-mail his client “just wants to play ball.”

PR SET: The Bombers set their practice roster on Saturday, choosing to go with six instead of the maximum of seven.

Head coach Paul LaPolice said that’s because they have some injured players hanging around and Carlton Medder on the disabled list. They wanted a spot open in case one of them gets healthy.

The most notable name to go on the practice roster was import receiver Chris Davis, who had a good camp but ended up as a ratio victim as it appears the Bombers are going to start two Canadian receivers.

Davis, a four-year CFL veteran with 17 games of experience, doesn’t have a problem with waiting in the wings.

“I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and the players that were here, so there wasn’t a big decision on whether I should stay or go,” he said.

Also, his fiancee is six months pregnant, so steady income — even if it is practice roster money — is never a bad thing.

“I’ve been through this situation before, and I pretty much know how to get through it and keep pushing,” Davis said.

Also accepting practice roster assignments were receiver Jamayel Smith, linebackers Bernard Hicks and Merrill Johnson, cornerback Jerry-Ralph Jules and offensive lineman Chris Kowalczuk. The latter two are Canadian.

According a league source, the new collective bargaining agreement will eliminate the seventh member of the practice roster having to be a non-import developmental player. The player has to only be Canadian.

LATE HITS: Safety Brady Browne (undisclosed), fullback Daryl Stephenson (hamstring), receiver David Ball (hamstring) and defensive back Brandon Stewart (groin) didn’t practise Saturday, but LaPolice expects them to practise on Monday … Alex Suber and Keyuo Craver were the starting halfbacks on Saturday … Six players have changed their numbers, including linebacker Courtney Smith going from 49 to 1. The last person to wear No. 1 was Charles Roberts … Canadian receiver Scott McHenry, cut by the Bombers on Wednesday, has joined Saskatchewan’s practice roster.


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