WINNIPEG - Somebody must have put something in the water on Maroons Road on Thursday, because the intensity level increased immensely on Day 5 of Bomber camp.
The trash talk between the offence and defence got louder, linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe rocked receiver Alex Watson with the first big open-field hit of camp, and there was some solid contact in the numerous one-on-one battles.
“They really competed,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “Their intensity picked up, and I think we can be a much more competitive group when we want to be.”
When the offence didn’t have the right personnel on the field for one play and LaPolice called it in for a huddle, members of the defence hooted and hollered.
“They just started competing on their own, and that’s a sign of a group of competitors,” LaPolice said. “It was a good session.”
NEXT UP? LaPolice didn’t shed much light when asked about the backup quarterback battle between Joey Elliott and Alex Brink.
“They both need to see the game faster. That’s the thing we talked about in meetings the other night,” he said.
“Joey sees things a little bit faster, at least, but Alex has completed a lot of passes in camp. Both have done a very good job.”
LaPolice refuted the notion they need to fast-track Elliott’s or Brink’s learning curve due to starter Buck Pierce’s injury woes.
“I don’t want to live in the past,” he said. “Every year’s new. We’re expecting Buck to play 18 games into the playoffs and keep going.”
There’s a chance the Bombers will keep four quarterbacks (Justin Goltz is the fourth gunslinger in camp), but LaPolice said they haven’t crossed that bridge yet.
NO GO: The Saskatchewan Roughriders tried to sell it, but Terrelle Pryor wasn’t buying it.
The Roughriders own the negotiation list rights to the former Ohio State quarterback, so Riders GM Brendan Taman sent an offer to him.
“They sent the package last night, I forwarded it to Terrelle, and Terrelle said that he wasn’t interested today,” Pryor’s attorney, Larry James, told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The 6-foot-6, 233-pound Pryor was suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits, so he turned pro instead. Pryor is expected to take part in an NFL supplemental draft later this year.
LATE HITS: Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney is no longer wearing a walking boot for his injured ankle and is officially listed as day-to-day, as are Obby Khan, Aaron Hargreaves, Damian Sherman, Deon Beasley and Scott McHenry … Due to increased traffic in the Bomber office, the Winnipeg Football Club would like to remind season ticket buyers can complete their transactions at bluebombers.com … The Jerry Porter experiment came to an end in Montreal on Thursday when it was learned the former Oakland Raiders receiver had suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Wednesday’s practice.
Three stars of the day
New DB Andre Jones had an interception, DB Johnny Sears also had a pick and a knockdown, and 6-foot-6 WR Greg Carr was a one-man wrecking crew in one-on-ones.
Catch of the day
Perry Floyd, once again, stole the show. His best was an over-the-shoulder beauty along the sideline from Buck Pierce that Alex Suber had no chance to touch. “He’s a good football player, and he gets it,” Paul LaPolice said of Floyd. “And what I mean by that is he doesn’t make many mistakes.”
Quote of the day
“A plethora, absolutely not. One or two? How many sacks you got?” — LaPolice, when asked how many offside penalties he would be willing to accept in a game from Odell Willis
Tweet of the day
“I’m in love with the PROCESS of being great.” — rookie linebacker Henoc Muamba (@HenocMuamba)
A pair of NFL scouts were on the sidelines for Thursday’s practices. Representatives from a pair of AFC East rivals, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, were charting all the action.
The Bombers will be on the Canad Inns Stadium field between 8:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. on Friday. They will then head to Brandon on Saturday for a practice at Vincent Massey High School followed by an autograph session at Neelin High School.