Bombers put ball in Boreham's court

Jamie Boreham will take over punting duties for the Blue Bombers this weekend. (Michael Peake/QMI...

Jamie Boreham will take over punting duties for the Blue Bombers this weekend. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:20 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers plan to punt their starting punter, at least for one game.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Mike Renaud will be replaced by Jamie Boreham when the Bombers play host to the Montreal Alouettes in a key CFL contest at Canad Inns Stadium this Saturday.

"I'm going to give Jamie a lot of the reps and see how he is during the course of the week and if he's fine, we'll put him into position to be on the roster this week," Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said after Tuesday's practice. "I talked to Mike about it. Mike's had some struggles and he's frustrated with his play. I understand that he is, too. But I also have to do what's best for the team and let him fight through it."

Boreham, was already holding for placekicker Justin Palardy at Tuesday's practice, is also a strong kickoff kicker.

"Really, there's two things," LaPolice said. "Jamie's got a live leg on kickoffs and he can also punt, and those are two areas that we need help in."

The final straw came when Renaud booted a 22-yard punt out of bounds and was flagged for a 10-yard penalty against the Eskimos in Edmonton on Saturday.

"So, that was basically 12 yards and put them into scoring position," LaPolice said.

The Eskimos coverted that into a touchdown.

"So, we have to make sure that we look at everything as we try to get better as a team, and this is an area that we'll evaluate and see how it goes. And there's only one way to do that — give the other guy a chance."

Meanwhile, the Bombers added Canadian receiver Cassidy Doneff to their practice roster. Doneff is a 6-foot, 183-pound Washburn product who had been drafted by Hamilton in 2009, but spent the past year playing pro football in Germany.


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