Bombers like what they see in versatile defender Kenny Tate

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Kenny Tate handles the ball during practice in Winnipeg, Man....

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Kenny Tate handles the ball during practice in Winnipeg, Man. Thursday May 29, 2014. (Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

When Kenny Tate showed up at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., last month, his fellow mini-camp participants naturally asked him what position he played.

“Everybody was like, ‘You playing receiver? You playing safety?’ I was like, keep going!” Tate said Thursday with a laugh.

Well, it had to be linebacker then? Nope.

Tate is playing defensive end in new co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry’s system, despite his receiver-like stature of 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds. Etcheverry wants his players to be fast and athletic so they can get to the quarterback, and Tate fits that bill.

Tate has fit many bills over the years. He actually was a receiver in high school and got recruited to the University of Maryland as a result. There he was converted to safety shortly after he arrived, and by his junior season he was a menace at his new position. He could go after the quarterback on the blitz, or he could drop back into coverage.


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