Bowman states case

KIRK PENTON, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Adarius Bowman was a human highlight reel during Winnipeg’s two practices this week.

He was making leaping grabs. He was making diving receptions. He even made a one-handed snag. He caught virtually every ball thrown his way on Wednesday to let head coach Paul LaPolice know that he was interested in staying in the lineup for Friday’s home game against the Montreal Alouettes.

Bowman, who had two bad drops in Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, claimed there was nothing special about his superb workout on Wednesday.

“Nah, I’ve had a lot better ones than that one,” Bowman said.

The third-year pro must be using denial to get over his bad case of the drops, because he said everything is hunky dory.

“I feel good. I feel great,” Bowman said, adding he hasn’t done anything differently this week to ensure he latches on to the ball.

“Nothing at all,” he said. “I’m the same guy. I ain’t gonna change. I’m the same dude, man. I come out ready to play like I always do.

“The only thing I’m focused on is just getting this next win. That’ll make everything feel a lot better. We’re trying to get those points.”

It’s not yet known if Bowman will be in the starting lineup on Friday against the Als. Greg Carr has been getting reps at Bowman’s wide receiver spot, but Bowman has been filling in for the absent Chris Davis, whose girlfriend gave birth to a daughter on Tuesday.

Head coach Paul LaPolice believes Davis will be back in time for Friday’s clash, which means either Bowman, who is 11th in CFL receiving with 659 yards, or Carr will get the start.

“I want to do what’s best for the team,” LaPolice said. “I’m interested in seeing the new guys and seeing some of the things he can do, but the biggest thing I’m interested in is beating Montreal.

“I know at times Adarius has had challenges, but Adarius is in the top seven receivers in the league.”

HEFNEY WATCH: The Detroit Lions released defensive back Jonathan Hefney from their practice roster on Wednesday.

The Bombers were still trying to find out from the CFL on Wednesday night if his NFL waiver period was in effect, because if not his rights would revert back to the Bombers.

The Bombers want to give Hefney a contract extension to rejoin the Blue and Gold, but last year’s top rookie in the East Division will no doubt want to make sure every possible NFL option is exhausted before coming back north.

HELPING HANDS: Bomber centre Obby Khan and University of Manitoba Bisons linebacker Thomas Hall have joined forces in an effort to help African orphans.

The football duo is involved in Project Echo, a Winnipeg nonprofit organization that is committed to raising money for local charities but is now branching out to help orphans in Namibia.

The first major fundraising effort of the Winnipeg Project, whose specific mission is to help African children, is an intimate dinner on Oct. 24 at Bailey’s Restaurant.

The Winnipeg Project’s mission is to raise $25,000 in each of the next three years for a home that will provide shelter, food, education and medical care for 10 children.

Khan wants every CFL team to one day fund its own home.

Visit project-echo.com for more information.


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