Bombers' Watson has special bond with QB Elliott

Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Cory Watson had a game high 10 catches for 105 yards against...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Cory Watson had a game high 10 catches for 105 yards against Hamilton Thursday. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Cory Watson will always have a bond with Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Joey Elliott.

Playing with passion and fearlessness, the third-year receiver is bound to have a connection with any quarterback but Elliott is the guy who got Watson his first pro touchdown on a 55-yard reception against the Calgary Stampeders in the regular season finale on Nov. 5, 2010.

“In our first year, Joey and I were on the scout team together, so we have a good rapport,” Watson said in a recent interview.

“And Joey got me my first touchdown in my first year. I have a relationships with all of our quarterbacks, but it’s a little bit different with Joey.”

Watson played the role of security blanket when Elliott made his first start of 2012 and third of his CFL career last Thursday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Watson made his presence felt, finishing with a game-high 10 catches for 105 yards in a 32-25 triumph that got the Bombers to 2-5 and within two points of third place in the East Division.

“I had no idea I would have the kind of game that I did,” Watson said. “You just work hard and be in position to make plays and that’s what happened. It’s gratifying to really get on a roll.”

The Bombers are back in action on Friday at Canad Inns Stadium against the B.C. Lions.

Watson came into the season with lofty expectations and for good reason. The second round pick (ninth overall) in the 2010 CFL draft had a breakthrough campaign last season, making 69 catches for 793 yards after pulling in 17 grabs for 277 yards as a rookie.

While some predicted Watson might lead the Bombers receivers this season, he was hampered by a leg injury during training camp and sat out the first four games — which proved to be a significant loss to the offence.

In case you didn’t think Watson was doing enough, he also takes tremendous pride in special teams, relishing the contact that comes with it.

“Hitting is a part of the game, so you can’t shy away from that,” said Watson. “You know what, there are going to be bumps and bruises when you play football. I’m not worried about it.”

Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice appreciates all of the things Watson does.

“He’s tough as nails, he makes plays,” said LaPolice. “His blocking is tremendous and he started on punt team, think about that. He runs down field on a corner route, runs a crossing route and then he has to run down the field and cover a guy on punt team. He’s a good pro.”

Cory Watson: by the numbers

Aug. 17 vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10 catches, 105 yards

Aug. 3 vs Montreal Alouettes 2 catches, 16 yards, 1 TD

July 26 vs Edmonton Eskimos, 7 catches, 66 yards

Totals: 3 GP, 19 catches, 187 yards, 1 TD

CFL Career: 36 GP, 105 catches, 1,257 yards, 3 TD


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