Bombers' Floyd makes it count

Blue Bombers' Alex Watson (right) runs past Alouettes defender Jeff Hecht during second half action...

Blue Bombers' Alex Watson (right) runs past Alouettes defender Jeff Hecht during second half action at Percival Molson Stadium in Montreal on Thursday. (QMI Agency/Martin Chevalier)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Perry Floyd was almost perfect.

The diminutive receiver and kick returner, who has been a star in Blue Bombers training camp, had a superb pre-season debut on Thursday night in Montreal.

The 5-foot-5 Floyd had three catches for 57 yards and three punt returns for 41 yards in Winnipeg’s 27-15 loss to the Alouettes at Molson Stadium.

It would’ve been a flawless performance for Floyd had it not been for his fumble on a punt return in the first quarter that led to a Montreal touchdown. Floyd lost the ball on his own nine-yard line, and Als quarterback Adrian McPherson hit Bo Bowling with a touchdown toss on the next play to put Montreal up 7-0.

While Floyd validated his camp performance, the quarterbacks didn’t exactly give the Bomber brass any assurances the team will survive another serious injury to Buck Pierce.

Joey Elliott, who is expected to be Pierce’s backup, played the first half and completed seven of 18 attempts for 84 yards. He was intercepted by De’audra Dix late in the second quarter.

Elliott often overthrew his receivers, and his yardage total was aided by a pair of decent catch-and-runs by Floyd and Clarence Denmark. He was almost intercepted by Dix on another play as well.

Alex Brink, who is battling Elliott for the backup job, wasn’t much better in the second half, connecting on five of 12 passes for 64 yards.

Here’s a look at the battles at other Bomber positions:

RIGHT TACKLE

Kelly Butler got to play a good chunk of the contest due to Glenn January’s groin injury, and he made the most of the opportunity. His highlight was opening a huge hole on Alex Henderson’s 64-yard run to the Montreal three-yard line. Henderson scored on the next play.

The Bombers didn’t give up a sack when Butler was on the line.

CORNERBACK

Deon Beasley intercepted Ricky Santos in the third quarter, and he also had a perfectly timed hit on an Alouettes receiver that knocked the ball loose just as it arrived.

Johnny Sears finished with nine tackles, which is never a good thing when you’re a defensive back, and he was beaten on Brandon London’s 41-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

CANADIAN RECEIVER

Cory Watson solidified himself as one of the two Canuck starters with four catches for 48 yards.

Fourth overall draft pick Jade Etienne had one catch for 10 yards and drew a pass interference penalty that resulted in Chris Garrett’s one-yard TD plunge.

DEFENSIVE END

Fernand Kashama, who is looking to grab a backup role, had three tackles, including two for a loss, in the first half alone.

Kenny Mainor, who is trying to replace Phillip Hunt, was a force, recording a tackle for a loss, getting plenty of pressure and also delivering a special teams block that sprung Floyd on a 30-yard punt return. He had a fumble recovery on special teams, too.

Remond Willis had Winnipeg’s lone sack, dropping Ricky Santos in the backfield, and Jason Vega had good push up front as well.

LATE HITS: Linebacker Henoc Muamba, the first overall draft pick this year, and long snapper Chris Cvetkovic left the game in the first half with leg injuries ... Leslie Majors, who played strong-side linebacker, also had an interception for the Blue and Gold ... Henderson had 81 yards on six carries ... Garrett had three kickoff returns for 78 yards and added a big block on a Floyd catch and run ... The Bombers will play their second and final pre-season game on Thursday at home against Toronto.


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