Winnipeg – Johnny Adams was a West Division all-star with the Blue Bombers in his rookie season of 2015. He had six interceptions along with 65 tackles, and big things were expected of the Michigan State product in 2016. But Adams spent the first 8 games of the season recovering from an apparent hamstring injury. And in the four games he played after recovering, his performances were inconsistent at best. Given Adams play, his desire to give the NFL another shot next year, and the outstanding work of rookie Terrence Frederick, the Bombers felt comfortable in dealing Adams to the Hamilton Tiger Cats for a negotiation list player. Like Adams, Frederick has only played four games this season, but he has been impressive in every one of them.
Head coach Mike O’Shea said you are only able to make moves like this if you have depth. “We have a really good group and we’ve said all along and proven it this year that we have very good depth. Throughout various portions of our season we were down significant numbers in certain position groups, and players we have here were able to step in and help us win games. That’s exciting for this organization.”
The Bombers depth will be put to the test again on Friday when they host Edmonton because running back Andrew Harris and receiver/kick returner Quincy McDuffie are both expected to once again sit out with injuries. Defensive end Justin Cole will return to the lineup from a one-game injury abscence replacing Eric Martin, who was released. And linebacker Ian Wild will also be back after missing two games.