So far so good seems to be the theme as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers closed out Day Two of their Offensive Mini Camp at the Stadium. Head Coach Mike O’Shea says he certainly noticed a difference from Monday. “I thought they showed greater effort in terms of the finish of the play,” O’Shea said during his media availability following the afternoon workout. “They ran to the ball, they followed it along. Not that there’s any one to block, but the receivers made extra moves to where they have to be potential blockers. They worked harder today, closer to the expectation.”
And while it’s hard to gauge a team’s progress when there are no defenders on the gridiron, O’Shea says the camp is accomplishing exactly what it was designed to do. “There was a purpose to this camp and we’re sticking to it. And it’s running like we thought it would. And it should pay off come training camp. These guys are gonna come in and they’re not going to be behind. It’s actually going to be good for our defense to have the offense firing at a pretty high tempo at the start of training camp. It’s going to force the defense to pick their game up too.”
One of the players O’Shea took notice of was running back Andrew Harris. “What I saw today is a guy who changed his tempo from yesterday afternoon to this morning,” said the 3rd year Head Coach. “And in doing so, took on a leadership role. He’s a likable guy, a helluva football player. Today he demonstrated some leadership and that’s a positive.”
Harris says he’s motivated by the expectation in his hometown with the addition of himself, along with some other high profile free agents on the offensive side of the football like Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith. And with that comes the pressure. But the former BC Lion has already picked up on the presence of another “new face” in Offensive Coordinator Paul LaPolice. “The way Coach LaPolice addresses our team, I really like it,” said the former Oak Park Raider following Tuesday’s afternoon workout. “His attitude towards the game, his attention to detail. The coaching staff is really on us about all the small details. When you’re really keen into the attention to detail it really makes a difference in the close games, the big games. ”
680 CJOB Sports Director Kelly Moore also had a chance to visit with veteran center Jeff Keeping to talk about his first two days as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber- as well as another important role he has taken on over the off season.