Bombers' Buck anxious for actionQB to start pre-season tilt against Hamilton
By KEN WIEBE, QMI AGENCY
|Bombers QB Buck Pierce is looking forward to getting back to game speed on Wednesday against Hamilton. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)
WINNIPEG - Buck Pierce is ready to be reminded what game action is like, even if it’s only a CFL pre-season tilt.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers finish up the preliminaries on Wednesday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Pierce is expected to start at quarterback and play at least one half, according to head coach Paul LaPolice.
“You want to play and I want to get used to the speed again — because it is six months off,” said Pierce, whose last start came in the 99th Grey Cup in late November. “Most quarterbacks want to get into a little bit of a rhythm and once that happens, let the other guys go out and play. I want to play with our starters as well.”
While the Bombers have spoken extensively about the pace of training camp, Pierce knows you can’t really replicate game situations without contact.
“We practice pretty fast here, but we’re not playing 100% and we’re not going to take guys to the ground or give out any kind of hits,” said Pierce. “That factors in. You want guys to be able to show up when the lights come on and get the feel of game speed a bit. It’s not as fast as regular season, but you want to get out there, do what you can do and then, cheer the rest of the guys on.”
The Bombers won’t be revealing too much of Gary Crowton’s new offence either.
“We’re pretty excited about what we can do offensively, but I keep telling Coach Crowton, let’s save that,” said Pierce. “We want to also execute and we have to do the things we’ve been working at all training camp. We can’t just go out and be roaming.
“You need to get the right formations in and out of the huddle, getting the right personnel on and off the field, managing the clock and just making sure a lot of the procedural things are done properly.”
Camping out: Day 15
3 STARS OF THE DAY
DB Jonathan Hefney was breaking up plays and at his vocal best, DE Jason Vega was applying some strong pressure and Demond Washington had another interception.
CATCH OF THE DAY
Buck Pierce found Clarence Denmark over the top of Alex Suber for a big gain.
WR Cory Watson had to be helped off the field in a cart. Head coach Paul LaPolice said Watson tweaked a muscle in his lower leg and wasn’t sure of the severity. Sitting out Sunday’s session were T Glenn January, T Andre Douglas LB Marcellus Bowman and RB Chad Simpson. S Brady Browne and RB Carl Volny participated fully for the first time.
The Bombers cut four players on Sunday including WR Paul Hubbard, DB David Pender, DL Javon McKinnon and DE Brandon Akpunko.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The heaviest I’ve ever been is 360. That was in high school. I was humongous. Oh man, I was eating honey buns and everything I could think of. I kind of got away from that diet.”
— new Bomber tackle Shannon Boatman, who tips the scales at 320
TWEET OF THE DAY
“Happy fathers day to all the fathers who sacrifice everything for their children #thanksdad
DT Bryant Turner, aka @Blitz_Turner
The Bombers hold a workout Monday at Canad Inns Stadium between 10:55 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.