The Winnipeg Blue bombers concluded their 3-day rookie camp on Friday with a light two-hour workout that was devoid of any one-on-ones. It was mainly a “teaching” session as head coach Mike O’Shea decided to save the players legs for the start of main camp on Sunday. O’Shea said he was very pleased with the results of the rookie camp and is now anxious to see how the newcomers stack up against the veterans. Here are some of the players who made the coaches stand up and take notice this week:
— Jace Davis — Davis has good size, 6-1, 210, decent speed, and quickly grasped the concepts of the Canadian passing game. The Northern Colorado product is a definite candidate to grab the one import receiving spot the Bombers have open.
— Taylor Loffler — The clubs 3rd draft pick of 2016 came as advertised. Big at 6-3 and 220 with good mobility and lots of football smarts, Loffler will be someone to watch as he works at safety during the main camp.
— Emmanuel Dieke — One of the teams highly regarded defensive line additions did nothing to discourage the coaches about his upside. The 6-6, 280-pound Georgia Tech product showed good strength and agility and will get a long look during training camp.
— Rupert Butcher — The biggest man in rookie camp at 6-5, 327 pounds, Butcher is what scouts like to call “raw.” But the U. of Western Ontario draft pick showed a real passion to learn, and his sheer size makes him a person of interest, if not for this year, then down the road.
Bomber veterans will report for medicals Saturday before hitting the field for the first practice of Main training camp on Sunday at 10am at Investors Group field.