Cory Watson has experienced all the ups and downs of a CFL rookie.
This week he’s riding a wave.
The 26-year-old, who was Winnipeg’s second-round draft pick in May, is moving inside to start at slotback for Saturday’s game against Toronto. He is taking over for the struggling Brock Ralph, who has been demoted to a backup role.
“I like the waggle,” said Watson, who played slotback at Concordia University. “It gives you a little bit of an advantage against the DBs. I enjoy that.”
Watson started the first four games of the season at wide receiver, but he lost his job to Aaron Hargreaves in late July. In mid-July the Bombers released his good friend and mentor, Jabari Arthur. He was then dealing with a nagging groin injury when he hurt his knee in his hometown of Montreal on Aug. 19.
Watson took a few weeks to heal both injuries, and he came back better than ever.
“A lot of guys get a whole year to feel it, and he was starting Week 1 and rotating with Hargreaves right away,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “So he got kind of thrown into the fire, and it’s unfair at times, but we just expect him to be a 10-year veteran. So you gotta remember that.
“Since he’s come back he’s run faster, and he’s got a little bit better comfort level with things. I think the game’s slowing down for him.”
Watson has nine catches for 149 yards, but he’s still looking for his first touchdown.
LATE HITS: Ralph refused to do interviews for the second straight day since his demotion … Slotback Terrence Edwards (flu) and cornerback Deon Beasley (toe) didn’t practise on Thursday, but LaPolice expects them to both play on Saturday … Linebacker Clint Kent (triceps) and linebacker Merrill Johnson (knee) both practised on Thursday, and should be in the lineup against the Argos. Johnson missed last week’s game in Montreal.