Diminutive Floyd drawing comparisons to Bombers great

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Perry Floyd was a wrestler in high school, which is fitting because it looks like he has pinned down a roster spot with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 5-foot-5 North Carolina native dazzled on Thursday night in Montreal, finishing with a team-high 113 all-purpose yards in Winnipeg’s 27-15 pre-season loss to the Alouettes.

Some are already starting to compare the receiver-returner to franchise rushing king Charles Roberts for his elusive ways on the field.

“I’ve heard that a couple times,” said Floyd, who wears Blink’s old No. 1. “I’ve got some big shoes to fill. We’re just going to hang in there and see what happens.”

Aside from noting they have different personalities, Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice didn’t exactly shoot down the suggestion the team could have another Roberts on its hands.

“Perry doesn’t say much and is a real down-to-earth kid,” LaPolice said, “but they’re both explosive, and they both can make you miss in a phone booth. That’s something that’s similar between the two.”

Floyd, along with running backs Alex Henderson and Chris Garrett, are essentially in the battle for one active roster spot since the Bombers traditionally dress only one designated import position on offence.

Henderson made his case with a 64-yard run and a touchdown on Thursday night, while Garrett delivered a monstrous block on a long catch-and-run by Floyd and had Winnipeg’s other touchdown.

“They all did good things,” LaPolice said. “The thing you gotta see is who’s the most explosive and can help your team over the long haul. Hopefully we can keep one of those guys around on the reserve.”

Not only has Floyd been the most explosive of the three in camp, but he has versatility as a punt and kickoff returner that could put him over the top. He also feels he can be better, especially after fumbling a punt return in the first quarter that led directly to a Montreal touchdown.

“The last half was OK,” Floyd said. “It was pretty good, but the first half wasn’t. I kind of had to settle down.”

Garrett also returns kicks, as does receiver Clarence Denmark, who had two catches for 27 yards on Thursday.

Henderson, meanwhile, lamented the fact his 64-yard run ended three yards shy of the end zone, even though he scored on the next play.

“I kind of feel upset that I almost let the line down because they left such a gaping hole for me,” Henderson said. “For the most part I feel like it was a good play, and it was a good progression throughout two weeks of training camp to get to that play.”


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