It started raining halfway through the opening session of Winnipeg Blue Bomber rookie camp on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the 45 players on the turf at Investors Group Field from enthusiastically going through their nearly 2-hour workout. One of the most impressive players on the field was running back Carlos Anderson from Northern Iowa and it will be one of the real happy stories of camp if Anderson is able to crack the Bomber roster. Anderson was in Winnipeg’s camp last year, and appeared to be a shoe-in to open the regular season until he blew out his ACL during the teams second pre-season game. Anderson credits the great work of his surgeon, Doctor Peter MacDonald of Winnipeg, along with an extensive rehabilitation program, for getting him back to 100% health in less time than it often takes to recover from a torn ACL. Anderson says he was a little nervous going into the first practice, but he made all the cuts he was used to making, and the knee didn’t bother him at all. Another import running back also turned some heads–Timothy Flanders had a sensational career at Sam Houston State, and he showed tremendous speed and quickness during his first day in Blue and Gold.
Also making good impressions were Canadian defensive lineman, the Bombers first selection in this years draft, Trent Corney, along with another draft pick, defensive back Taylor Loffler. Quarterback Bryan Bennett made some very impressive throws, showing off his powerful arm.
The rookies have two more sessions, Thursday from 10-15 to 1-30 and Friday from 10-15 to Noon. Most of them will then move on to main camp which begins on Sunday at Investors Group Field.