Bomber in a snap

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 PM ET

He is following in his father’s long snaps.

Taylor Inglis, who has just become Winnipeg’s new long snapper, learned the skill from his dad (Gerry), who handled that chore for the Blue Bombers back in 1978-79.

“It’s a little awkward looking down at (Bombers) Blue and Gold and not (Eskimos) Green and Gold,” Inglis said after his first practice Monday. “But my dad played for the Bombers in the seventies and he was a long snapper, too. So, it’s kind of neat to be able to — I don’t want to say take over the reins because it’s been 40 years — but to play the same place that he did and hopefully, have the same experience.”

The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Edmonton native was cut in training camp after five years with the Eskimos. But he was not out of work for long. After rookie offensive lineman Adam Bestard had three bad snaps during Friday’s game against Hamilton, the Bombers sent Inglis an SOS.

“Sure, I was happy to get the call from the Bombers,” said Inglis, 26. “I wasn’t expecting it. I was hoping for it but it’s definitely nice when the phone rings. I got back into Nipawin, Sask., after fishing up in Toban Lake on Sunday morning and I turned my phone on and I had bunch of voicemails and texts. So, I got the call (Sunday) morning and flew out (Sunday) night.”

Bestard, who had replaced veteran Chris Cvetkovic, who suffered a season-ending injury in a pre-season game, has been released.

“We had three bad snaps in the game, which definitely affected our kickers and our field goals,” said Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice.

One of those bad snaps led to a missed field goal that was returned 118 yards for a touchdown by Hamilton’s Marcus Thigpen.

“Taylor’s a veteran, a five-year starter with great accuracy, very good speed, velocity and he has coverage skills because he’s not a lineman, he’s a linebacker type,” LaPolice said. “So, we made the change and we felt this would make us a better team.”

LaPolice admitted that Inglis had been on Winnipeg’s radar before the Bombers gave Bestard a chance to show what he could do in his first regular-season CFL game.

“Adam snapped well in his first (pre-season game) but it’s a crucial thing,” he said. “We knew that Taylor had been released and we had that on our ready list.”

Inglis, who had reportedly taken a pay cut during the off-season, was upset when the Eskies released him.

“There’s not much to talk about, they went in another direction and that’s pro sports,” said Inglis, whose significant other and daughter will remain in Edmonton. “I wanted to play there for the rest of my career and it just didn’t work out.”

Gerry Inglis, who also snapped for B.C., taught Taylor how to hike the long ones when he was playing high school football.

“We worked out in the backyard and I got pretty proficient at it,” said Taylor, whose dad is currently involved in the restaurant industry in Edmonton.

“Obviously, he was an Eskimo fan when I was there and had season tickets. I don’t think it will be hard for him to make the switch to being a Bomber fan.”

Inglis, who also works in commercial real estate, is now hoping he will not get any more attention this year.

“I prefer to fly under the radar,” he said. “If you don’t make any mistakes … you’re doing your job and everything’s good and nobody knows the difference. So, if this is the last time you guys (media) talk to me for the next five months, I’ll be a happy man.”

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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