Bombers 4th round draft pick making impact

Bombers rookie DT Jake Thomas has seen considerable playing time this year and may get even more...

Bombers rookie DT Jake Thomas has seen considerable playing time this year and may get even more with Brandon Collier possibly out for a while. (QMI FILES)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Jake Thomas has quickly gone from a guy hard pressed to make the Winnipeg Blue Bombers active roster to one pushing for more snaps.

Not bad for a rookie chosen in the fourth round of the 2012 CFL Draft.

Thomas has been used in the Bombers regular rotation at defensive tackle this season and saw considerable playing time after Brandon Collier left Wednesday’s game with a shoulder issue, Collier could be on the shelf indefinitely.

“Every week I’m trying to get better and I think I’ve improved every week so far,” said Thomas, who played his college ball with the Acadia Axemen and was a second team CIS all-Canadian in 2011. “I’m getting more used to the speed, that’s the biggest jump from university.”

Unless the Bombers bring in another defensive lineman, Thomas and Rodney Fritz should see additional action.

“I feel like I can fill the void there,” said Thomas. “Hopefully Brandon isn’t out too long because he’s a big part of our defence.”

Thomas also learned something about the Bombers organization last week, as he was given Monday off to travel home to attend his grandmother’s wake and funeral.

“Anytime you have a family emergency, it’s kind of tough to focus, but the (Bombers) were nice enough to let me go home and meet the team in Toronto,” said Thomas. “That was awfully nice of them. I was proud to be drafted by this organization, but when they allowed me to go and see my family, it really hit home.”

Missing last week’s lone practice didn’t hurt his play.

“He’s a high motor kid,” said LaPolice. “He jumped right in and did OK.”


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