BOMBSHELLS: Bye week ought to come in useful for Bombers forward of playoffs

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the final week of the CFL season off, which needs to be a pleasant benefit for them once they begin the playoffs on Nov. 10 in both Calgary or Regina.

Earlier within the season, when it regarded just like the Bombers had an important shot of ending in first place, the bye didn’t look fairly so interesting. No group desires two weeks off earlier than a playoff sport.

Now the Bombers may have an opportunity to heal up earlier than their playoff look, get little relaxation and be contemporary for a sport towards a group that has to play within the last week of the common season.

“Initially, I didn’t actually prefer it, however now, at this level I’m pondering, with the place we’re at, it may very well be good,” Bombers working again Andrew Harris stated forward of Friday’s season finale towards the Calgary Stampeders at IG Area. “If we’d have been ending in first, I feel two weeks off would have been slightly bit a lot, however any time you get a little bit of a relaxation earlier than the playoffs, it’s a constructive factor.”

In fact, having that final week off means the Bombers have much less alternatives to get issues proper earlier than the playoffs start.

Winnipeg has misplaced 4 of its final 5 video games and 5 of its final seven.

“We’re close to the top right here and we’ve obtained to repair it now,” Harris stated. “That is the final sport to get it proper. You don’t wish to be making an attempt to determine issues out once you’re within the playoffs and taking part in the sport.”

WILLIE IN THE MIX

The preliminary spherical of voting for the CFL most excellent participant award can be carried out this weekend and one Bombers participant who will definitely be within the dialog is defensive finish Willie Jefferson.

Jefferson is third within the league with 12 sacks, first with six pressured fumbles and first with 15 move knockdowns and has typically been a disruptive power all season lengthy.


Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo (7) throws a move whereas being pressured by Willie Jefferson throughout a sport towards the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Mosaic Stadium. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Chief-Submit

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“If I obtained the MOP nomination, it might imply quite a bit to me, simply because there hasn’t been a defensive participant to win Most Excellent Participant since (Solomon Elimimian) when he broke the tackling report a pair years in the past,” Jefferson stated. “So yeah, if I used to be to get nominated and go so far as successful it that may be an incredible accomplishment for me and the group and my profession.”

Jefferson will nearly definitely be the group’s nominee for many excellent defensive participant and, identical to he was final 12 months in Saskatchewan, may very well be the general MOP nominee as nicely.

HONOURING STREV

Bombers offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick makes it some extent to put on an injured teammate’s jersey throughout practices and he has sadly had loads of uniforms to select from this 12 months.

On Thursday, he was sporting Chris Streveler’s No. 17. It regarded extra like a half-shirt on the 320-pound sort out, however Hardrick wished to verify he honoured his teammate, who will sit out Friday’s sport with an ankle damage.

Earlier within the 12 months, Hardrick wore No. 15, in honour of quarterback Matt Nichols, who’s out for the season after present process shoulder surgical procedure.

“It’s been that type of a 12 months,” Hardrick stated. “It hasn’t been enjoyable at occasions but it surely feels nice to characterize my teammates.

“It’s simply plenty of respect for guys like Streveler, Matt Nichols, quite a few guys all through the season. Matt mainly saved my life right here in Winnipeg and Streveler’s been right here two years, bringing it day-after-day. I simply wish to say thanks.”

ROSE IN BLOOM

Bombers defensive again Winston Rose will look so as to add to his league interception lead on Friday night time after he picked up his ninth decide of the season final week.

Rose tied for the league lead within the CFL final 12 months, whereas with the B.C. Lions, with 5 interceptions. He’s been distinctive at sniffing out balls on the boundary nook for the Bombers this 12 months.


Edmonton Eskimos Greg Ellingson is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bomber Winston Rose throughout Canadian Soccer League sport motion in Edmonton on Friday August 23, 2019.

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“It’s simply exhausting work, shopping for right into a system, trusting my teammates and simply going on the market and doing what I do,” Rose stated.

“It’s good to get my fingers on the ball however each sport I wish to get the W. If me getting interceptions assist contribute, that’s all I need.”

The Bombers secondary obtained torched final week in Calgary as Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

Because of this, the teaching employees is making two modifications — placing veteran Mercy Maston into the lineup instead of Marcus Rios at dime again and giving rookie Mike Jones the beginning at cornerback instead of Chandler Fenner.

“We undoubtedly must do extra disguising,” veteran security Brandon Alexander stated. “We’ve obtained to continually remind ourselves and one another that we are able to’t simply sit right here and present what we’re in, as a result of he’s gonna tear us aside it doesn’t matter what. That’s only a massive factor, there.”

SECONDARY CHANGES

Jones will get his first begin of the season after being with the Bombers since free agent camp in Florida in April.

Although he has been in a few video games on particular groups, serving as a kick returner on one event, Jones hasn’t began at his pure place, which is cornerback, till now.

“I’ve been prepping for this since Day 1 that I set foot in Canada,” the 24-year-old from Baltimore stated.

“That is the chance I’ve been wanting and I couldn’t ask for something higher.”

The Bombers move defence has been suspect at occasions this season, despite the fact that gamers like Rose, Alexander and Marcus Sayles have had high quality seasons. Fenner, Rios, Jeff Hecht and others have struggled at occasions, so Jones and Maston are getting an opportunity.

“I plan to only convey vitality, my presence and a few performs,” Jones stated. “We’d like it. Our secondary is actual good so I’m simply an addition. I simply must stay as much as the expectations that they have already got and simply execute.”

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