Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The Regular Season Officially Begins

Dorian McLeanContributor IIIJune 25, 2011

Following today’s roster cut down, the anxiety concludes and the 46 lucky players who made the roster look forward to proving their worth each and every game day.

For several of the players, they have all been here before, several jobs already a lock. For others, it is a time to prove themselves and make their second chance worthwhile, ensuring that the bosses made the right moves. For the rookies, it’s a door wide open for them to take in all that is the CFL and learn all they can.

For two players in particular, first-round draft picks, defensive linebacker, Henoc Muamba and wide receiver, Jade Etienne, the work the two players have put in for years finally pays off with a shot at the big leagues—an opportunity to showcase their talents to the nation.

The roster list features several players who make their return to the team for a second straight year, continuing to put their efforts forward and retain their starting position.

On that list is receiver Cory Watson, drafted in 2010 by the Bomber brass, who last year caught 17 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown. Entering this season, Watson is looking to further his role in the offense, with Buck Pierce at the helm.

At the same time, hoping to play for a full season after suffering an ankle injury last season, Terence Jeffers-Harris makes his return to the team once again. Hailed as a possible Rookie of the Year pick before his injury, Harris made a name for himself early on, playing in his second professional game ever, recording 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the team has a vacant position at defensive end, as the void left by the departure of Phillip Hunt to the NFL was needed to be filled. The team feels strongly enough that rookie newcomer, Jason Vega, can be that man.

Another player who broke out during training camp, Johnny Sears, however, has found himself a spot on the nine-game injured list. Sears returns to the Blue and Gold once again, looking for a larger role to play either defensively or help the team out on special teams, as he has done this year.

Looking to help Sears and the special teams is newcomer Leslie Majors. Through two preseason games, and a solid training camp, Majors recorded seven tackles and one interception. Should anything happen to Jonathan Hefney, the club feels strong that Majors can help fill the void during the regular season.

For all the returning seasoned veterans, they are looking most forward to playing yet another season under the Blue and Gold and continue their long stride at bringing the city another Grey Cup, a city that has been without the cup since 1990.