Bombers kicking competition underway



And then there were two.

Rookie kicker Marc Liegghio is no longer the only leg in Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp as the club signed veteran Canadian Tyler Crapigna on Tuesday. Crapigna, who has a career field-goal percentage of 85.2 in four CFL seasons between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts, was on the field with the Bombers Wednesday and will be made available to the media Thursday.

“I was planning on there being someone else here from the start so I was ready for it because I didn’t think I’d be the only guy here for the majority of it,” Liegghio said Wednesday.

“It’s a good test for me. It’s always good to have competition in camp and I look forward to battling it out.”

Liegghio has proven to have a big leg as he drilled a 57-yarder in camp on the weekend, but he’s also been shaky at times where he’s missed several kicks in a row. However, his punting, especially in the last few days, has been very impressive. Crapigna has not attempted a punt during his time in the CFL.

“The day before (the signing) they said ‘We’re bringing another guy in and just keep doing you. You’ve been having great days and just go out there and keep having those amazing days,’ and that’s what I plan on doing,” said Liegghio, a fifth-round pick in the 2020 CFL Draft out of Western University.

“I haven’t really had a chance to meet him yet but I’m pretty familiar with him and I’m looking forward to meeting him. I know he’s a veteran so it’s going to be nice to learn some of the things he’s done in the CFL and some of the techniques and stuff he goes through.”

Head coach Mike O’Shea was asked what went into the decision to bring in Crapigna.

“When we drafted Marc, the expectation was Meddy (Justin Medlock) was going to be here and Marc was going to have a great tutor and Meddy was probably going to play as long as he wanted to play and then that didn’t happen,” O’Shea said.

“As plans change and as we go about our business, we look around the league and see what teams are doing with their situations. We drafted Marc and we think very highly of him, but I wouldn’t say it was out of our plan to always have one (kicker), it was to just make sure it was the right fit if we were to bring another one in. My expectation for both Marc and Tyler is that they kick well and compete and we make a decision from there.”

IS ADAMS OK?

Wide receiver Darvin Adams went down with an upper-body injury after making a catch at Tuesday’s practice. The two-time West Division all-star out of Auburn didn’t participate Wednesday.

O’Shea wouldn’t say how long they’re expecting Adams to be out for, but the head coach downplayed the severity of what looked like a serious injury.

“He’ll be fine. I’m sure he’ll be fine,” O’Shea said.

Former NFL wideout Cameron Meredith also continues to be sidelined as he hasn’t participated in drills in over a week.

UPDATE ON HARRIS

Running back Andrew Harris wasn’t a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, but he had his gloves and cleats on and caught a few passes from quarterback Zach Collaros. Harris hasn’t practised since the beginning of training camp.

“He certainly is progressing. I mean, he spends a lot of time with (head athletic therapist Al Couture),” said O’Shea.

“They’re kind of joined at the hip for the mornings as he gets ready. I still think another week is probably good. Andrew really doesn’t need any reps.”

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