WINNIPEG - Kurt Adams has a drawl that makes it sound like he wandered off a country musician’s tour bus and into the Bomber locker-room.
Marcellus Bowman calls him Bill Clinton because he thinks he talks like the former U.S. president, who, like Adams, hails from Arkansas.
“I’ll take that as a compliment,” Adams said with a smile. “He’s a charismatic guy.”
The 6-foot-4 receiver has a chance to become popular like Clinton — in Manitoba, at least — when he makes his first start for the Bombers on Saturday in place of the injured Cory Watson. He has resided on the practice roster for most of the last 13 months, so it’s been a long time coming.
He got to play in the season-opener this year against B.C., but he was put on the practice roster three games later and has been parked there ever since. He had a tough time staying positive, but it’s nice to be rewarded for patience.
“It’s difficult, but you have to have a positive attitude,” he said. “I probably got down for a week or two when I got dropped back down, but you can’t stay like that.”
Adams hangs out with most of the quarterbacks, who call him “Kern” and “Squirt” even though he’s 6-foot-4, so he’s all by himself when the team goes on the road.
“I watch the games, I watch football, I work out, I watch a lot of Netflix, movies, play some Madden,” Adams said.
Now he gets to be part of the show, and he doesn’t plan on disappointing.
“I’ve played several positions (in practice) throughout the year, so when they call me up I’m supposed to be ready to go,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and be a playmaker.”