WINNIPEG - The Blue Bombers wrapped up their three-day mini-camp today having achieved their primary goal.
“The best thing was no injuries,” head coach Paul LaPolice said after this morning’s final session.
Actually, that’s only half right, as quarterback Joey Elliott didn’t take part in any workouts, having injured a quad just before the camp started.
The Bombers, though, say the injury has nothing to do with the torn knee ligament (ACL) Elliott has been rehabbing since last July, and he’s expected to join Buck Pierce, Alex Brink and Justin Goltz for main training camp, which opens in early June.
Among the new players who stood out this week were 6-foot-5 receiver Chris Matthews and former NFL running back/kick returner Chad Simpson.
“These kids, when they come back there aren’t too many who won’t be able to compete,” LaPolice said.
The camp also gave players their first glimpse of new offensive co-ordinator Gary Crowton’s playbook in action.
“A lot of the core stuff is the same,” LaPolice said. “He’s got some good ideas of the screen game — he’s done a lot of different screens, which I’m excited about. He’s got good change-of-direction, change-of-pace plays which maybe speed up the tempo.”
Most of the 31 players who took part will be invited to training camp, although LaPolice didn’t rule out a small number of cuts.
“Offensively we got timing down and defensively we got to work on fundamentals,” he said. “And the players got a chance to get together again. Every day there was a message from me, something I wanted the team to think about. And install our offence, defence and special teams. It was a good three days.”