Winnipeg – Drew Willy did not see a lot of playing time in the 36-13 win over Montreal last Wednesday Night at the Stadium. The Blue Bombers number one quarterback threw only six passes in about a quarter of playing time.
But Bombers Head Coach Mike O’Shea says Willy can look forward to a few more reps when the Blue and Gold close out their exhibition schedule Monday Night in Ottawa. “Drew’s going to have to play an expanded role in this game, that’s for sure”, said O’Shea following Saturday’s final practice before the team leaves for Ottawa on Sunday. “Matt (Nichols) is going to get more snaps in this game. It just means that with Dom (Davis) and Bryan (Bennett), they’ve gotta make good on their opportunities.”
O’Shea says he’s still undecided about who will be the Bombers #3 Quarterback and also feels Carlos Anderson and Timothy Flanders are having a great battle to decide who backs up starter Andrew Harris at running back.
Anderson rushed 7 times for 47 yards and also returned 3 punts for 15 yards the pre season opener vs Montreal. Flanders had 15 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown and also caught a pair of passes for another 32 yards. “I think I had one dropped pass, coming across. It happens,” said the 5-9, 210 pound running back out of Sam Houston State. “but other than that I caught the ball well, I protected well, I ran the ball well, overall I think I had a pretty good game.”
Coach O’Shea says both Anderson and Flanders were productive against Montreal, but each has their own strengths. “Carlos has got an elusiveness to him that can be rare. And Tim Flanders just happens to pick and choose his way through holes and comes out the other side and manages to stay on his feet.”
O’Shea was also asked about the battle behind Weston Dressler, Ryan Smith, and Canadian Rory Kohlert for the last receiving spots. And wouldn’t tip his hand about who might have the inside track among a group of seven pass catchers that includes new comer Fred Davis who hauled in a 28 yard reception against the Alouettes- just 3 days after arriving in camp. That list also includes the impressive Jace Davis, steadily improving Thomas Mayo, former NY Giant Julian Talley, Kevin Cone and Gerrard Sheppard who also spent time on NFL Practice rosters, and holdover Quincy McDuffie.
The Bombers had yet to finalize a roster for the Ottawa game, but the likes of Weston Dressler, Jesse Briggs, Johnny Adams, Sam Hurl, Kyle Knox, and Jeff Keeping were definitely not making the trip. Dressler, Hurl, and Adams are all expected to be “good to go” for the June 24th home and regular season opener versus Montreal.
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