Randle ready to bust it up
After missing chunk of 2015, linebacker can’t wait to play
THEY spent their Saturday being poked and prodded, from head to toe. With the completion of the team’s annual medicals, it is finally showtime at Investors Group Field.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers get their long awaited — and much hyped — 2016 CFL season underway in earnest this morning at 10 a.m. with the opening of training camp. Workouts are open to the public.
It all cannot come soon enough for Bombers defender Chris Randle, who’s waited longer than most for the new season to arrive thanks to a season-ending knee injury last September that abbreviated his 2015 season.
Randle said Saturday the wait has been agonizing.
“It was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to go through in my life,” said Randle, who after a stint at strong-side linebacker last season is expected to go back to his natural position at cornerback this season.
Randle said his knee — and the rest of him — got a clean bill of health during the medicals.
“It’s great. The physical went really well today. I’ve been training since I left. Nonstop, continuous work and I feel really good. I’m ready to go.”
Bombers defensive end Jamaal Westerman, who finished second in the league in sacks last season with 17, said he’s looking forward to seeing the myriad of off-season personnel changes the front office made finally come together on the field at one time today.
No single unit has seen more offseason changes than the defensive line, where Westerman will be the only starter returning from last year’s front-four after the off-season jettisoning
Versatile Blue Bombers defender Chris Randle is expected to return to a linebacker position this season.