All-star defensive end Jamaal Westerman says he is more comfortable with the surroundings and is optimistic about better days ahead as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers get set to open their main training camp on Sunday. Westerman was one of the bright spots during the disappointing 5-13 2015 Blue Bomber season finishing with 17 seconds, second only to John Bowman’s 19. As he prepared to hit the field Sunday morning for the first training camp practice at Investors Group Field, Westerman said he has a very different feeling going into year 2 in Blue and Gold.
“It’s just more comfort, excited to be here, you know guys now so you can talk about some guys off-seasons, some guys got married, had kids. So it’s an exciting time to be in camp.” Westerman said.
Regarding all of the free agent signings and positive moves made by the organization in the off-season, Westerman added “We all know what we expect this year. There is only one team that can get the Grey cup and that’s what we all want to do. But it doesn’t start there, it starts now and every day from now until the end of the season and into the playoffs. We all have high expectations but you can’t just talk about it, you have to grind every day.”
More than 80 players will take the field on Sunday morning at 10am as the Bombers begin the long journey that they hope will lead them to a Grey Cup appearance in Toronto on November 27th.