Pint-sized receiver makes big impression on LaPolice

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Rookie camp is complete, and now it’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Bomber veterans will report to Canad Inns Polo Park on Saturday morning for physicals, and then 79 players will hit the field on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Coming off a 4-14 season, there’s nowhere to go but up.

“We absolutely like the talent better,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “It’s not just talent, it’s character and hard work.”

Several players made solid impressions over the three-day rookie camp, and one noticeable standout, especially on Friday, was pint-sized receiver Perry Floyd, who got plaudits from LaPolice for some smart route running.

“He’s a fast kid, he can get in and out of cuts very well, and on film he was a great returner,” LaPolice said. “So we’ll evaluate him as a returner also. He’s talented. He’s just gotta keep going. It’s early. It’s only three days in.”

ACHES AND PAINS: Four players either didn’t participate or failed to finish Friday’s workout, and their chances of participating in Sunday’s training camp opener are up in the air.

Damian Sherman (undisclosed), Greg Betterson (knee) and Tim Brown (foot) watched the 80-minute session, while sixth-round draft pick Liam Mahoney appeared to pull a hamstring halfway through.

OFFICIAL HELP: The CFL has created four position coaches for its referees.

The initiative is being put in place to give its game officials a consistent voice in four designated areas: referees (Jake Ireland), umpires (Bill Wright), line of scrimmage (Brent Buchko) and deep coach (Al McColman).

“We view this as a logical progression that will provide great benefits to our on-field officials who already do a very difficult job very well,” CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins said in a release.

The league’s officials reported to Toronto for its training camp on Friday.

LATE HITS: The Bombers released receiver Bobby Guillory on Friday … The team still expects to have its supplemental draft pick, receiver Kito Poblah, on the field Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for its first practice.


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