The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, at least all the offensive players under contract, will be putting cleat to turf for the first time as a group during a three day mini camp scheduled for next Monday through Wednesday at the stadium.
The Winnipeg Football Club has finalized the practice schedule which will include 2 a day sessions at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday (April 25) and 10:15 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday (April 26). A single workout at 10 a.m. Wednesday (April 27) will complete the camp, and all 5 practices are open to the public.
Quarterback Drew Willy got a head start on Thursday, working out with the other quarterbacks. After last August’s knee injury that ended his season, Willy says he is now 100 per cent healthy.
“I’ll be doing everything at mini-camp,” Willy told reporters.
“I feel great, I’m back to lifting the amount I was lifting even before the injury – I feel really, really strong in my legs.”
Willy and the entire offense will get a chance to work with the new Offensive Coordinator Paul Lapolice who was hired on back in December. Willy is anticipating a high energy offense.
“We’re going to have a lot of versatile guys that we can get the ball in their hands,” Willy said.
“Getting (Weston) Dressler and (Ryan) Smith and (Andrew) Harris, obviously those guys have a lot of experience with the waggle and we’re going to have a lot of good formations.”
Earlier this week Lapolice joined Richard and Kathy on 680 CJOB’s Breakfast With The Bombers (7:45 a.m. Tuesday Mornings) and said the idea is to get everyone on the same page with the offense he is looking to install for the 2016 CFL season. “Get them up to snuff on the terminology, how we want to operate as an offense, get them acclimated to the tempo we want them to play with, and some of our systems and our schemes.”
LaPolice had a pretty basic response to the team philosophy on offense. “We just gotta find a way to score one point more than the opponent. So if we have to score 35, we score 35. If we gotta score 17, we score 17.”
The former Bomber Head Coach says the staples of the offense will be the ability to run, and protect the football. And with all out passion. “When you see us, we’ll play with a great effort. That people will go Wow! These guys are playing really hard. They’re breaking tackles, they’re giving extra effort.”
And LaPolice added a third staple. The ability to get the ball into the hands of their play makers. And with the addition of running back Andrew Harris, as well as receivers Weston Dressler, Ryan Smith, and former NY Giant Jerrell Jernigan, the Blue Bombers certainly have a few game breaking talents on the roster this season.