Bombers eye new additions
WINNIPEG—It has the look of training camp at Investors Group Field yesterday as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers try out new prospects to help turn around their disappointing season.
There were five quarterbacks throwing passes, including newly-signed Levi Brown, who spent last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
“He [Brown] was recommended highly to us so we thought we’d bring him in and take a look at him,” noted Bombers’ coach Tim Burke.
“Depending on what happens with our quarterbacks, you know if somebody gets hurt, he’s there for us,” he reasoned.
“If nobody gets hurt, then potentially send him back home and bring him back.”
Brown was a 2010 seventh-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills. He saw action in the NFL club’s final regular-season game as a rookie, completing two-of-three passes for 24 yards.
The 26-year-old from Mount Juliet, Tenn. spent the following season on the Bills’ practice roster before getting a tryout with the Roughriders.
“It’s always good to get another shot,” Brown said after practice.
“It didn’t work out for me in Saskatchewan so I’m glad to be here Winnipeg.”
Burke said Brown worked out for the Bombers on Tuesday along with the defensive players.
“We look to sign one or two of those guys here,” he noted.
Burke has said if Winnipeg’s secondary doesn’t improve its play, changes will be made.
In particular, he’s targeted the unit’s failure to cope well with man coverage.
Burke made it clear yesterday he’s talking more about veterans and not rookies, who he is cutting more slack to following Winnipeg’s 48-25 loss to Saskatchewan (8-1) on Sunday.
“I was very critical of the secondary after the game and after watching the video,” he remarked.
“The guys that I’m not happy about are the veteran guys who make big mistakes.”
Defensive back Demond Washington, a first-year starter, said members of the Bombers’ secondary have heard Burke’s message.
“Any time you get negative attention from anyone, you’re not going to like it. But at the same time we’ve got to step up to the challenge,” he said.
“We’ve got to get it done.
“We can’t make excuses,” he stressed.