Blue brothers in arms

Receivers Kito Poblah (left) and Cory Watson spent part of their youths together in Montreal and...

Receivers Kito Poblah (left) and Cory Watson spent part of their youths together in Montreal and are trying to earn the two starting Canadian spots in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lineup. (KIRK PENTON/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Cory & Kito Show has the potential to have a long run in Winnipeg.

There would be no need to worry about a lack of chemistry between them, either, because Cory Watson and Kito Poblah, a pair of Canadian receivers trying to earn starting spots with the Bombers, go all the way back to their youth in Montreal.

Watson grew up in the Dollard-des-Ormeaux suburb on the island of Montreal, and when he was in high school Poblah used to show up at the neighbourhood basketball court in the summer to play some pickup.

Now, after the Bombers took Poblah in last Monday’s CFL supplemental draft, the two are together again and looking good through the first two days of training camp.

“It’s pretty cool,” Poblah said. “The more guys you know, the more comfortable you feel.”

Watson came on strong at the end of his rookie season in 2010, and Poblah is already looking like he belongs on a CFL field through only two days of camp.

Poblah has not only showed off his wheels and soft hands, but he is brimming with confidence. When cornerback Brandon Stewart put his hands on Poblah at the end of a route on Monday, the rookie receiver and the veteran DB exchanged several hard shoves. Then they jawed at one another all the way back to the line of scrimmage.

If Poblah can bring that kind of confidence and swagger to the field on Day 2 of his first pro camp, his future could be bright.

“It’s kill or be killed, and I don’t want to be killed,” said Poblah, who was born in Montreal but grew up primarily in Florida. “So I gotta put my mark up there and gotta let guys know that I’m not a guy to push around. If you push me, I’m going to push you around.”

Watson and Poblah last saw each other in Montreal about five years ago. Watson heard Poblah was doing well at Central Michigan University and figured he would give the NFL a shot.

Thanks to the lockout, however, and Poblah’s ability to prove he spent the required time in Canada as a child — playing basketball with Watson, of course — to become a CFL non-import, the next thing they knew they were lining up beside one another in Winnipeg.

“It’s interesting,” said Watson, who is three years older than Poblah. “I’m happy for him. I’m happy that he’s here as well.”

Receivers coach Chris Wiesehan tried not to rave too much about Poblah on Monday, but it’s evident he is impressed with the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder so far.

“The U.S. training doesn’t hurt him at all. His eyes aren’t big when he comes up against a DB and hears a little chatter,” Wiesehan said with a grin.

“He’s in his element. He’s not rattled. That was the information that we had gathered from their coaches on both staffs that had been at Central Michigan. Great leadership skills, was a captain. We’re very lucky to have him.”

Watson, meanwhile, came back from a mid-season injury in 2010 and had a strong final four games, and Wiesehan said he’s picked up where he left off.

“There’s an opportunity there for me to be a starting receiver, a starting slot, the position I would like to be,” said Watson, a second-round draft pick in 2010. “I understand there’s going to be a lot of hard work involved, and I’m up for it.”


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