Winnipeg – The three high profile offensive players the Blue Bombers signed in the off-season say they are all fired up about making their regular season Winnipeg debut when the Bombers host Montreal on Friday night at Investors Group Field. Running back Andrew Harris, and receivers Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith were signed as free agents during the winter, Dressler after he was released by Saskatchewan and Smith and Harris after the Riders and B.C. Lions respectively allowed them to go to free agency.
Harris suffered a slight hamstring pull at the end of Tuesday’s practice but he said he is 100% recovered.
“I had just a little bit of a tweek on my leg, been working hard to loosen it up, I worked out this morning and it felt great. This is more than just football, it’s an important game on a bunch of different levels and it’s one I wouldn’t want to miss for the world. I’m excited and happy that I am well enough from the trainers aspect to play and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night,” said Harris, who grew up in Winnipeg before heading to Vancouver to play junior football which led him to 6 seasons with the B.C. Lions.
Dressler played eight seasons in Saskatchewan, but said he can’t wait to get started with his new team. “Yeh, I’m excited, it’s always fun to get going again, we got a good group of guys here and we’re ready to go.” Dressler missed a good part of training camp due to injury but said that won’t be an issue on Friday. “No, I mean obviously you want to be out there as much as you can but fortunately I had all this week in practice so I feel good, I’m confident and 100% ready to go.”
The 24-year old Smith said he is optimistic about what the Bombers can accomplish after going 5-13 last year. “I think we are going to have a great year, just the way we work, the way the guys are coming together as a team, offensively and defensively, I’m excited about the season and we’re going to get some W’s for the city. My goal is to make the playoffs and win the Grey Cup, personal stats don’t really mean much to me.”
Another weapon the Bombers added through free agency comes in the person of kicker Justin Medlock, while on defence, tackles Keith Shologan and Euclid Cummings will also make their Blue Bomber debuts.
While the Bombers were 5-13, the Alouettes were only slightly better at 6-12, but Als GM and Coach Jim Popp is confident a full season with Kevin Glenn at quarterback will help boost the Montreal win total.
Game time Friday is 7-30, our broadcast on 680-CJOB begins at 6. And yes, we will keep track of who the Jets pick in the first round of the NHL draft.