Doggett rejoins Bombers

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

EDMONTON - WINNIPEG Hes back, and not a moment too soon.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Derrick Doggett has returned after spending the off-season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Prior to his return, the Bombers special teams had given up three returns for touchdowns one on a kickoff and two on missed field goals in their first two games of the season.

Two of those belonged to return sensation Marcus Thigpen in the season opener, but in last weeks rematch, Doggett and Co. were able to hold him out of the end zone.

I heard a lot about that and I just felt like I would be able to come in and help with that, said Doggett, who is grateful for his first opportunity with the NFL.

It was just a great all-round experience, Doggett said. I got to play with a lot of great players and got coached by one of the best defensive co-ordinators in the league (NFL).

After being released by the Edmonton Eskimos in training camp last year, Doggett was picked up by the Bombers, where his special-teams play earned him an invitation to participate in organized team activities from March to mid-June with the Steelers.

He was welcomed back to Winnipeg in time to dress for last weeks game where he made an immediate impact on special teams a place where he will look to show his work ethic as he starts out at square one with new head coach Paul LaPolice.

I could play on defence, too. Im just being patient and going with what helps the team.

This week, Doggett is looking forward to facing his former team.

Of course, he said. I get pumped against every team, but playing them, I was there and you never forget. So you go out there and just play.

It is likely the same approach long-snapper Taylor Inglis is taking after getting released by his hometown Eskimos this season.

I played with him back in (Edmonton), Doggett said. Were just going to go out there and play hard.

Inglis declined official media requests for interviews following Fridays team walkthrough at Canad Inns Stadium.

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