The Rouge: Is Willy the answer at QB for Blue Bombers?

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
2/7/2014 2:58:37 PM
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No other team in the league has experienced more uncertainty at quarterback the past few years than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Buck Pierce's time was marred by several injuries while none from the cast of backups, from Alex Brink and Joey Elliott to Max Hall, Justin Goltz, and Jason Boltus, managed to distinguish themselves during their opportunities for the team.

Even the Ottawa Redblacks, not yet having played a game, appear better set behind centre. Compared to some of Winnipeg's rotation of quarterbacks the past couple seasons, the expansion team has an embarrassment of riches at the position with veterans Henry Burris and Kevin Glenn, and two-year pro Thomas DeMarco.

With the trade and subsequent contract extension for former Saskatchewan Roughriders QB Drew Willy, Bombers GM Kyle Walters is hoping all his QB problems are in the past.

After losing out to Zach Collaros and Henry Burris just days before, Walters finally landed a QB to be penciled in atop his depth chart heading into the 2014 season; but will Willy stay there, and more importantly, will he find success where so many before him have faltered?

The 27-year-old is light on experience, having started just two games in his career behind Darian Durant in Saskatchewan, but has shown potential in his limited action.

Willy threw just 52 passes last season, going for 473 yards and four touchdowns to just one interception. He saw a little more action last year, his first in the league, and for his career is 101-147 for 1,182 yards and nine touchdowns to five interceptions.

His resume is light, but there's enough to get excited about with the Buffalo product.

The Rouge asks: Is Drew Willy the answer at quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers? As always, it's Your! Call.

Drew Willy (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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