GUELPH, ONT. - On a roster that screams out for any veteran presence, running back Chris Garrett sticks out like a sore thumb.
Bombers head coach Tim Burke has been very consistent throughout training camp keeping his veterans out of harms’ way.
Garrett though is a special case.
In Burke’s mind there is no question that Garrett will be on the Bombers’ roster after the final cuts have been made.
But rather than protect him from the beatings even a pre-season game can bring, Burke believes it’s in the teams’ best interests and Garrett’s own interest that he get as many touches as possible in the final tune-up before the real thing.
Some eyebrows were raised when Garrett, a fourth year Bomber, made this trip East with the team and second-year running backs Chad Simpson and Will Ford were both left home to rest up.
Burke says it would be a mistake to read anything into that. This is not a case of Garrett playing for his job Thursday night.
“We kind of know enough already,” Burke said of Garrett. “There is no doubt that Chris will be with us. After laying out a year you’re a little bit rusty so we’re just trying to get him some more carries so he gets back into the flow.”
Garrett tore his Achilles tendon during camp last year and had to sit out the entire season. Burke just wants to get him comfortable again doing all the little things that injury kept him from doing.
“ His talent level is as good as it ever was,” Burke said. “It’s just a matter of picking his holes and making his cuts at the right time. With running backs the more they play, the better they get. That’s more it than anything else,” he said summing up the decision to bring Garrett.