Blue Bombers all about experience

Blue Bombers running back Nic Grigsby (left) and running backs coach Buck Pierce confer during...

Blue Bombers running back Nic Grigsby (left) and running backs coach Buck Pierce confer during practice. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 PM ET

WINNIPEG - I heard a fellow sports journalist questioning the Winnipeg Blue Bombers supposedly new-and-improved U.S. scouting approach the other day.

He suggested the Kyle Walters regime hasn’t turned up much in the way of new American talent, aside from running back Nic Grigsby, a full 12 months into the GM’s appointment.

What about defensive backs Maurice Leggett and Bruce Johnson? And the newly debuted Troy Stoudermire at kick returner?

My colleague dismissed those finds as former NFLers (Leggett and Johnson) or other people’s discoveries (Stoudermire was brought to the CFL by the Riders).

OK, I got the point.

But talking to the man in charge, that’s partly by design.

“In past, we relied way too much on kids fresh out of college,” Walters said. “What we’re focusing on now is guys with a couple years of professional experience under their belts who are pros. That’s the way to go.”


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