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« on: April 09, 2018, 07:32:30 PM »

#Bombers add two International receivers; 6?3? 225lb Jerome Lane and 6?3? 180lb Dominique Reed.

Interestingly, Lane played his first of three NCAA seasons at Akron as a linebacker.
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 08:40:49 PM »

Some info on Lane: Not sure what his chances of making the roster but he seems generally athletic and versatile. Potentially could be a DI type that plays on ST's and backs up a couple of spots. A lot of ifs of course but an interesting candidate.  I wonder if he'll see some reps on defense in TC. Could be a good development candidate on the PR.

Lane wasn't a well-known football recruit coming out of high school, partially because he was expected to follow in his father's footsteps on the basketball court. Jerome Lane, Sr. was a big-bodied star forward at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1980s, but told his son to play football. Since moving to receiver after the 2014 season, however, Lane has shown the physicality and hands that are indicative of a basketball player. He redshirted in 2013 and played 12 games at safety and linebacker on defense the following year (14 tackles, five sacks, safety). Lane played all 13 games (starting 11) at receiver as a sophomore, catching 39 passes for a team-leading 782 yards and eight scores despite having surgery on a torn ligament before the season. Coming into his own in 2016, he was a third-team All-MAC pick with 62 receptions covering 1,018 yards and six touchdowns.
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Strengths Big body usually dwarfs cornerbacks across from him. Posted eye-popping production in his two seasons as a receiver. Cornerbacks better strap it up because he is physical inside the route. Creates late separation with his hands and body. Finds deep ball and works back to underthrown balls aggressively. Is a bull with the ball in his hands and can drag tacklers down the field after the catch. Almost 75 percent of his catches over the last two seasons moved the chains. Background as a linebacker makes him a perfect candidate for early special teams coverage work.
Weaknesses Still very raw with just two years experience as a receiver. Looks slow into his routes and down the sideline on verticals. Showed very little ability to be able to get a head start on NFL caliber cornerbacks and climb over the top of them. Was often tasked with making contested catches due to a lack of separation. Athletic ability is below average. Tight-hipped runner with very little sink into his breaks or explosion coming out.
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Bottom Line While Lane is still very raw and continuing to learn the position and the art of route-running, it is hard to imagine him gaining much more functional speed or athleticism. His hands are adequate and he has very good size and strength so it might make sense to beef Lane up and give him a shot at a move tight end spot if he fails to make it as a receiver. Lane will find his way into camp but it might be a challenge to make a roster.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2018, 10:49:27 PM »

After looking into highlights of both these guys and reading insight from down south, I?m excited to see what both these guys can do in training camp. I have a feeling one of them will be a keeper.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2018, 11:00:32 PM »

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Add Two Receivers

WINNIPEG, MB., April 9, 2018 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed International receivers Jerome Lane and Dominique Reed.

Lane (6'3, 225, University of Akron, March 9, 1996 in Akron, OH) played three seasons for the Akron Zips, the first as a linebacker and the final two at wide receiver. In his two years on offense, Lane played in 25 games with 23 starts and caught 101 passes for 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2016, he was selected third-team All-MAC after starting all 12 games and finishing with 62 catches for 1,062 yards and six scores.

Reed (6'3, 180, University of Arkansas, August 1, 1993 in Camden, AR) played two seasons for the Arkansas Razorbacks recording 44 total receptions for 791 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned 19 kickoffs for 383 yards. Reed went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2018, 11:04:09 PM »

What happened to WR Corey Washington? I don?t see him on the Bombers roster.  He?s a guy I was excited about.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 11:24:19 PM »

What happened to WR Corey Washington? I don?t see him on the Bombers roster.  He?s a guy I was excited about.

He's listed on the Bomber's website - Jersey #6. But, he's not on their mobile app.
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018, 11:25:56 PM »

He's there. Jersey #6.
Not on the Bombers roster on their iPhone app. No number 6.
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018, 11:31:14 PM »

Not on the Bombers roster on their iPhone app. No number 6.

Yeah, I had a look at their app. They have 63 players listed, meanwhile there is 80 players listed on their roster via their website.
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2018, 11:44:06 PM »

Yeah, I had a look at their app. They have 63 players listed, meanwhile there is 80 players listed on their roster via their website.
Oh lol...okay thanks. Guess I?ll stop relying on the app for my roster info.
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2018, 04:49:47 PM »

And another: The team has added receiver Tony Stevens.

#Bombers add 6-4, 215 pound Auburn receiver Tony Stevens to roster. Will be a lot of receivers in mini-camp which starts two weeks today.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2018, 05:55:19 PM »

It's good to see the Bombers adding size to the receiving core.
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 06:40:54 PM »

I think that's 8 CFL rookie receivers added to the roster. Along with Lankford, Givens and Washington returning from play in 2017.

Will be interesting to see who impresses in mini camp and leap frogs to main TC. Not all the imports will make the main TC.  Not really expecting the players from 2017 to not get another chance to show what they learned in 2017, but there will be battles.
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 07:32:00 PM »

I think that's 8 CFL rookie receivers added to the roster. Along with Lankford, Givens and Washington returning from play in 2017.

Will be interesting to see who impresses in mini camp and leap frogs to main TC. Not all the imports will make the main TC.  Not really expecting the players from 2017 to not get another chance to show what they learned in 2017, but there will be battles.
Bowman and Dressler aren?t getting any younger. We need to start bringing in some new blood.
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2018, 08:33:29 PM »

Bowman and Dressler aren?t getting any younger. We need to start bringing in some new blood.

Yes that's true. However I'd say there is zero chance ( barring injury ) that both Bowman and Dressler won't be starters on day one.

Not sure if we'll end up with a receiver possibly as a DI or on the 2 man reserve. Flanders is a bit of a wildcard as well as a RB/receiver DI player. Basing that on the addition of LaFrance and impact of the ratio overall.

Considering the current ratio if we have an offensive player as a DI he might be a returner / receiver rather than a RB back up.

All of that could be in flux if a rookie DB beats out Fogg as an actual DB or returner.

So while I like Fogg and Flanders we could see a rookie take one or both of these positions.

Beyond that IMO we're looking at PR players.
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2018, 09:10:43 PM »

Yes that's true. However I'd say there is zero chance ( barring injury ) that both Bowman and Dressler won't be starters on day one.
I agree. My comment was from a succession planning perspective. 
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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2018, 11:33:37 AM »

This is why I was hoping for another legit NI starter on defense. we have a much better pool of American receivers this season to pick from, these new guys look awesome, plus Washington and Myles White....

It would be better IMO if we could have 5 canadians on offence,3OL, RB and 1receiver so that we can rotate the best new guy with Flanders.
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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2018, 01:38:03 PM »

This is why I was hoping for another legit NI starter on defense. we have a much better pool of American receivers this season to pick from, these new guys look awesome, plus Washington and Myles White....

It would be better IMO if we could have 5 canadians on offence,3OL, RB and 1receiver so that we can rotate the best new guy with Flanders.

Well the rookie receivers always look interesting going into TC.  It's always possible we find the next rising star. It's also possible we have found a talent in the past that we didn't keep and released too soon.

It's still early enough that we may find a solution to having a 2nd NI starter on defense. That might happen in the draft or some trade during TC.

Early days and there are many things that may happen.
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2018, 02:12:06 PM »

This is why I was hoping for another legit NI starter on defense. we have a much better pool of American receivers this season to pick from, these new guys look awesome, plus Washington and Myles White....

It would be better IMO if we could have 5 canadians on offence,3OL, RB and 1receiver so that we can rotate the best new guy with Flanders.



That was my first thought as well, but I just don't see where another defensive starter comes from, or where they fit.  I think the notion of drafting a day 1 starter is extremely remote, especially given our draft spot.

I don't know if any of these guys are better receivers than the many we have looked at in recent years, but they are certainly bigger. 

This might be recruiting with a longer view.  Dressler and Bowman are both 32, and I think Bowman is on a one year contract. 
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« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2018, 02:57:55 PM »

The best option for another NI starter at the moment might be if Ekakitie shows enough to become a starter in lieu of Cory Johnson.

That would require enough confidence in Marouf to also be a rotational guy on defense. Or we draft  another DT that becomes that player.

I think we all like Cory Johnson and expect him to progress in 2018. Ratio is always an issue. We're paying Ekakitie more as a high draft pick and he needs to get on the field. Does that happen with a push to start or just rotation?

Johnson could be a DI although I'm expecting Roh as the more probably DL DI. So IMO Johnson would be retained on either the 1 game IR or 2 man reserve. He's still on an ELC and shown great promise.

It's not a matter of needing to replace Johnson, just a matter of ratio balance, development of Ekakitie etc etc.  I see him as the better choice as a potential starter than Corney and we have a chance at depth behind him in Marouf.

Our import DE's are very good and IMO it would be more difficult to replace 1 with Corney as a starter. Especially considering the acquisition of Roh during the off season.

That said I believe the best way a rookie receiver makes the 44 man AR is to show excellent return skills as well as receiver skills. ST skills gets you on the roster.

Longer view is likely with aging receivers , potential shorter contracts and new CBA in 2019.

I expect a couple of receivers to make the PR at the very least. Whether they are rookies or returning back ups for last year is the question.

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« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2018, 03:01:14 PM »



That was my first thought as well, but I just don't see where another defensive starter comes from, or where they fit.  I think the notion of drafting a day 1 starter is extremely remote, especially given our draft spot.

I don't know if any of these guys are better receivers than the many we have looked at in recent years, but they are certainly bigger. 

This might be recruiting with a longer view.  Dressler and Bowman are both 32, and I think Bowman is on a one year contract. 

I dunno, the decision to discard Jake Thomas at this time when there is a need to find a Natl. to fill in on D doesn't make much sense to me.  Jake wasn't an all-star but he wasn't a liability either.
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« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2018, 03:03:43 PM »

I dunno, the decision to discard Jake Thomas at this time when there is a need to find a Natl. to fill in on D doesn't make much sense to me.  Jake wasn't an all-star but he wasn't a liability either.
Maybe the coaching staff felt Thomas was a liability.
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« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2018, 03:22:24 PM »

The best option for another NI starter at the moment might be if Ekakitie shows enough to become a starter in lieu of Cory Johnson.

That would require enough confidence in Marouf to also be a rotational guy on defense. Or we draft  another DT that becomes that player.

I think we all like Cory Johnson and expect him to progress in 2018. Ratio is always an issue. We're paying Ekakitie more as a high draft pick and he needs to get on the field. Does that happen with a push to start or just rotation?

Johnson could be a DI although I'm expecting Roh as the more probably DL DI. So IMO Johnson would be retained on either the 1 game IR or 2 man reserve. He's still on an ELC and shown great promise.

It's not a matter of needing to replace Johnson, just a matter of ratio balance, development of Ekakitie etc etc.  I see him as the better choice as a potential starter than Corney and we have a chance at depth behind him in Marouf.

Our import DE's are very good and IMO it would be more difficult to replace 1 with Corney as a starter. Especially considering the acquisition of Roh during the off season.

That said I believe the best way a rookie receiver makes the 44 man AR is to show excellent return skills as well as receiver skills. ST skills gets you on the roster.

Longer view is likely with aging receivers , potential shorter contracts and new CBA in 2019.

I expect a couple of receivers to make the PR at the very least. Whether they are rookies or returning back ups for last year is the question.


I would think that it would be in replacing Nevis as opposed to Johnson...Johnson has more upside and I think is the better player...as well would free up more money if Nevis was deemed expendable and released..I can actually see that scenario come camp if Ekakite and Corney have progressed enough to have either one..on the field at any given time..I could see Corney as well being used as a guy lined up all over on the d-line..

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« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2018, 03:26:43 PM »

Maybe the coaching staff felt Thomas was a liability.

I don't think so, I just think they feel Ekakitie is going to be better.  There is at least a chance Ekakitie becomes a starter, and we know that Fatboi's ceiling was a little short of full-time starter. 
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« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2018, 03:30:13 PM »

I don't think so, I just think they feel Ekakitie is going to be better.  There is at least a chance Ekakitie becomes a starter, and we know that Fatboi's ceiling was a little short of full-time starter. 
Personally, I think the fans thought Thomas was better than he actually was.  He did make some plays at times, but he was not a starting calibre player.  I do agree that the coaching staff has high hopes for Ekakitie. 
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« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2018, 03:30:56 PM »

I dunno, the decision to discard Jake Thomas at this time when there is a need to find a Natl. to fill in on D doesn't make much sense to me.  Jake wasn't an all-star but he wasn't a liability either.

Not re-signing a player is not discarding him. He's a rotational NAT at best and the fact no other team has even given him a sniff is pretty telling, IMO. While I agree he wasn't a liability, my best guess is the organization is expecting more from both Corney and Ekakitie going into 2018. First rounders should have a higher ceiling than a fourth rounder.
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« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2018, 03:35:44 PM »

yes it is very telling he is still unsigned...He wasn't a liability all the time...but at times he was overmatched and basically just a place holder out there...and it happened more often than not...couple that with Hurl's uselessness, and Heath's rogue running around looking for self-gratifying stats...well you see why the last few years we got lit up a lot
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« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2018, 03:49:40 PM »

I would think that it would be in replacing Nevis as opposed to Johnson...Johnson has more upside and I think is the better player...as well would free up more money if Nevis was deemed expendable and released..I can actually see that scenario come camp if Ekakite and Corney have progressed enough to have either one..on the field at any given time..I could see Corney as well being used as a guy lined up all over on the d-line..



Can't disagree about Nevis is a bigger SMS hit and I think we were all impressed by Johnson. That said Nevis has more experience. An interior of Ekakitie and Johnson in their 2nd year with potentially a 1st year player in backup could be a risk / issue?

I think Corney has some upside but our 2 imports from 2017 were so good. Looking forward to seeing Jeffcoat progress even more this season. Now that we've added Roh I don't think there is  much chance we don't have 3 imports on the 44 AR. Could even be a rookie pushing Roh for a DI spot.

Corney's still going to add value on defense. Just not sure how much and how quickly he'll get more playing time considering the talent at DE. Of course there may be sets where we have 3 DE's and ratio will require a NI when we may insert another import LB as a DI.

We did that last year when we took out a DT in place of an extra LB.

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