It’s arduous to think about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers relying extra on their dashing assault than they have already got this season, however star working again Andrew Harris expects that to occur within the coming weeks with beginning quarterback Matt Nichols out of the lineup.
Harris already leads the CFL in dashing yards, with 819 via 9 video games, and the Bombers are averaging 136.1 yards per sport on the bottom. Harris has accounted for 46% of the Bombers offence over the past three video games.
On Friday, when the Bombers tackle the league’s top-ranked defence in Edmonton, the dashing assault can have the addition of fleet-footed quarterback Chris Streveler, who has rushed for 617 yards in 27 profession video games.
“That dynamic is gonna be extra usually used,” Harris stated. “It’s going to positively open issues up for me slightly bit. They gained’t have the ability to key as a lot on myself and the run sport, they’ve to fret a couple of quarterback. And you then’ve acquired Fortunate (Whitehead) and (Nic) Demski, who run the ball as nicely, and the go sport is gonna be utilized as nicely.
“There’s extra choices and slightly extra for the defence to consider when Streveler’s within the sport.”
The Eskimos have the league’s greatest go defence (193 yards per sport) and the third-best run defence (88 yards per sport).
Harris banged up his proper arm whereas doing a drill early in apply on Tuesday and sat out the remainder of the session, however Bombers coach Mike O’Shea stated afterwards that he’s superb.
Harris didn’t wish to sit out, however O’Shea wished to provide Johnny Augustine and a few of the different backup working backs an opportunity to take some turns.
“He’s a little bit of a rep hog when he’s on the market,” O’Shea stated of Harris.
A LOT OF EMOTIONS
Harris was utterly shocked by the state of affairs and his personal response final Thursday after he set a CFL report for yards from scrimmage by a Canadian participant.
Proper after he broke Ben Cahoon’s report, a video was proven on the scoreboard at IG Subject and Harris’s teammates came visiting for hugs and congratulations.
Harris was visibly emotional within the second and had a tough time getting again into the sport.
“When that occurred, it was even form of arduous for me to focus in on the sport after that,” Harris stated. “It was plenty of feelings going via my thoughts. It’s positively one thing I used to be pleased with. I positively wasn’t anticipating that. When the workforce is available in and congratulates you there’s plenty of pleasure and plenty of pleasure going via your thoughts.”
After a weekend of reflection, Harris is much more thrilled to have his title on such a prestigious report.
“It was nice,” he stated. “I had some household time on the weekend and I simply acquired to loosen up and form of soak it in. It was good simply to spend that with lots of people who helped me get thus far and share it with them. It’s positively one thing I’m pleased with. I’m simply seeking to construct on it and do greater and higher issues.”
Harris can also be now 10th all-time within the CFL in dashing yards with eight,477, one spot behind Bombers legend Leo Lewis.
Because the Bombers performed the Toronto Argos on Aug. 1, offensive co-ordinator Paul LaPolice misplaced his mom, Elizabeth.
LaPolice continued along with his teaching duties via the following week’s sport in opposition to the Calgary Stampeders earlier than he and his spouse Tina went to Nashua, N.H., for the memorial providers.
It has been a tough couple of weeks for the veteran play-caller, however LaPolice stated it was made a lot simpler by the individuals across the CFL.
“The outpouring of help has been excellent from individuals within the league,” LaPolice stated Tuesday. “I didn’t actually know TSN would put one thing up on TV (throughout the Bombers-Stamps sport) however I recognize all of the help.
“It was an odd week of apply after (she handed away).
“However you belief the individuals within the constructing. Our offensive employees is excellent, the gamers are excellent in serving to me get some closure to my mother and our household.”
TWEAK TO STRENGTHS
LaPolice has his work reduce out for him this week because the Bombers want to regulate their plan of assault with Streveler on the controls. They gained’t wish to do something too drastic, however you’ll be able to’t name the identical sport once you go from a pocket quarterback like Nichols to a scrambler like Streveler.
“We attempt to tweak to his strengths perhaps,” LaPolice stated. “We at all times have one thing prepared for Chris at the back of our minds, so it’s not that massive a change for us. When he will get alternatives, he’s made performs for us.”
The excellent news with Streveler is he has performed in every of the 27 video games he’s dressed for and began 4 of them final yr.
“We had been very impressed with him final yr,” LaPolice stated.
“Coming via a complete season, sitting in each quarterback assembly, taking part in on the sector — he’s most likely performed essentially the most of any backup over the past two years — he’s actually ready. Now he’s simply acquired to exit and carry out.”
BACK IN FOLD
With each Jackson Jeffcoat and Craig Roh injured, the Bombers introduced again defensive finish Alex McCalister on Tuesday.
He was a coaching camp reduce who was shut to creating the workforce and he was again on the sector at apply Tuesday.
“We thought he was actually shut to creating it,” O’Shea stated. “Have a look at his bodily stature. He’s form of constructed like Willie (Jefferson). He’s lengthy and he’s athletic. He’s a younger man and I assumed, personality-wise, he match with the group actual nicely. It’s good to have him again.”
On the finish of final week’s win over the B.C. Lions, the Bombers defensive ends had been veteran Jefferson and uncooked rookies Jonathan Kongbo and Thiadric Hansen.
“We’ll see how that every one suits,” O’Shea stated. “We like what Thiadric Hansen’s doing too however we’d like to verify we at all times maintain guys round.”
The Bombers had been with out the next gamers once more on Tuesday: Roh, Jeffcoat, DB Brandon Alexander, DB Mercy Maston, DB Chris Humes, WR Drew Wolitarsky, WR Darvin Adams, OL Cody Speller, and LB Jesse Briggs.
DBs Mike Jones and Marcus Rios each noticed time at discipline halfback, whereas Daniel Petermann was filling in for Wolitarsky. Proper deal with Jermarcus Hardrick sat out Monday’s session however was again Tuesday.