Football coaches like to say that all positions are up for grabs going into a new season, but in reality that isn’t the case. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers know for a virtual certainty who at least 16 of their 24 starters will be when the CFL regular season begins. There is intense competition for the other starting positions, and after two days of rookie camp it is clear that the number 3 quarterback spot is very much up for grabs. Drew Willy and Matt Nichols are locked in at number one and number two, but Bryan Bennett and Dominique Davis are waging a spirited battle to see who will fill the number three quarterback role. Davis spent most of last season with the Bombers and got a chance to start the final game of the regular season, performing reasonably well. Bennett joined the club in October of last year and made an immediate impression with his arm strength and athleticism. The 24-year old Bennett spent two years as the backup to Marcus Mariota at U. of Oregon before transferring to Southeast Louisiana where he put up impressive numbers. In 2013 he was a finalist for the Walter Payton award and was named Southland Conference Player of the year. As always, the pre-season games will tell the tale as Bennett and Davis battle it out to see who will understudy Willy and Nichols.
Another good day at rookie camp for running back Carlos Anderson while receiver Jace Davis, defensive linemen Emmanuel Dieke and Adrian Hubbard and Canadian safety Taylor Loffler all had their moments. Loffler, the 3rd player drafted by the Bombers this year, has made a very positive impression with the coaches.