Bombers receiver to bring more of everything

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 PM ET

Terence Jeffers-Harris is lugging around a little extra weight, but he’s also carrying a lot more knowledge as well.

After an uncertain off-season that saw the electrifying receiver add some weight to prepare for the NFL draft, Jeffers-Harris is back for a second season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Only this time, he’s not the guy who was the surprise of training camp to nail down a spot but someone expected to play a big role on what could prove to be an explosive receiving corps.

“It’s a lot smoother, I know what to expect and I know what to do,” said Jeffers-Harris, who had 48 receptions, 547 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games as a CFL rookie. “Mentally, I’m not scrambling or thinking twice. It allows me to have confidence and consistency in my play. I can just go out and play, run the route hard and get open.

“My goals are pretty similar to last season. Be productive, reliable and just to be counted on in the offence. I love being depended on. I want to be mentioned among the top receivers in the CFL.”

There were plenty of questions about whether or not Jeffers-Harris might hear his name called at the NFL draft, but after he was bypassed his focus shifted right back to the Blue and Gold.

“It was a little bit odd,” Jeffers-Harris allowed. “It was something I put in the back of my mind. I was just working to play football for this year. Whether it was going (to the NFL) or coming back here, it was going to be the same work for me. I really preferred I didn’t get drafted so I can handle myself as a free agent when that time comes.”

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice believes Jeffers-Harris has a far greater understanding of the play book, but he’d like to see him drop a few of those pounds he put on before the season begins.

“Besides his girth. He’s big, he’s 232 right now. I think he still has to lose some weight,” said LaPolice. “But he’s much more understanding of our system this year and he’s been very good about that. That’s what you ask from a guy playing in his second year.”

Is the extra weight affecting his speed?

“He’s huge,” said LaPolice. “I think he played last year at 215. I just told him as you continue to keep conditioning, the lighter you are, the faster you’ll be.”

Jeffers-Harris is working to dump some of that weight.

“Coach wants me to drop a few pounds and I’m going to grant his wishes on that, but hopefully maintain my newly added size,” said Jeffers-Harris. “I feel fast, powerful, smooth.”

OFF TO BRANDON: The Blue Bombers are taking their show on the road for one day as they’ll hold a single workout in Brandon on Saturday, followed by an autograph session.

The Blue Bombers used to hold training camp in the Westman region and the players are excited to take a road trip across the prairies.

“This is something that can be great for the community,” said LaPolice, noting that more than 1,200 kids are expected to attend the workout. “We’ll let the fans see us and then we’ll engage with the fans of Brandon and then hopefully, we’ve got a bunch of fans from Brandon come in for every game. It’s a good thing for them to see our players and it’s good for our players to see some of Canada and just get out on a bus for two hours. It’ll be neat.”

ON THE MEND: There was a growing list of walking wounded on Friday, but most players remain day-to-day.

That list includes WR Terrence Edwards (back spasms), WR Aaron Hargreaves, WR Damian Sherman, DB Jonathan Hefney, WR Greg Betterson, SB/FB Scott McHenry and WR David McKoy.

Centre Obby Khan is dealing with a groin injury and could be sidelined for between “four-to-five” more days.

CAMPING OUT

Three stars of the day

WR Greg Carr was an absolute force, especially during red-zone drills, DB Deon Beasley had some strong moments and OL Chris Greaves probably drew the loudest applause when he hauled in a touchdown pass from Joey Elliott.

Catch of the day

You could honestly take your pick from one of the handful of leaping grabs that Carr made on this fine morning, but the best one came when he won the 1-on-1 battle with Beasley in the south end zone and came away with the jump ball that was delivered by Buck Pierce.

Quote of the day

“Yeah, nice catch. Any time an offensive lineman scores a touchdown, it’s like a super celebration on the field because the linemen all get excited when they touch the ball.”

— Head coach Paul LaPolice on the TD grab by OL Chris Greaves

Tweet of the day

“I look forward to nap time when I was in Kindergarten and now that I’m out of college. #lifeisacircle”

Bombers DL hopeful Bryant Turner Jr. or @Blitz_Turner

Up Next

The Blue and Gold are off to Brandon on Saturday, they’ll be on the field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vincent Massey High School, followed by an autograph session at Neelin High School. They’ll be back at Canad Inns Stadium Sunday morning.


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