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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ new look receiving unit ready to face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Clarence Denmark #89 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers breaks free from the grasp of Rod Williams #37 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg. Marianne Helm/Getty Images

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have a whole new look receiving unit when they tangle with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Wednesday at Investors Group Field.

After a short practice week the Bombers released their 46-man roster on Tuesday, and Kris Adams will make his CFL debut starting at wide receiver. Adams was injured in training camp and was cut, but was soon re-signed by the Bombers.

“The reason you keep Kris Adams around for as long as we did is we like what we saw when he was healthy in training camp,” said head coach Mike O’Shea. “Big tall receiver, athletic and most importantly, I think in this situation for what you’re talking about, he knows exactly what he’s supposed to do on every single play.”

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It’ll be the first game action for Adams since he played in an NFL exhibition game for the New York Giants back in August of 2013.

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“He’s been playing football at a high level his entire life and you just don’t forget how to play,” said quarterback Matt Nichols. “Even though he hasn’t played in a game in a little while, I’ve been in that situation before also. He’s working extremely hard at practice each and every week and he’s a guy that’s 6’3″, long, can jump, he’s fast. He’s a guy that I think can blossom into a really great receiver.”

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Adam is only one of three changes the Bombers are making at the receiver position. After a one game absence Thomas Mayo replaces Gerrard Sheppard on the 46-man roster and will start at slotback. And despite having less than two practices since re-joining the club, Clarence Denmark is back in the starting lineup and will line up at slotback.

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“It’s tough but you just got to go in and play,” said Denmark. “It’s a role, whatever that they want you to do, you have to go in and do it. Learn the offence fast, whatever, be ready to play, you just got to be a pro.”

Changes were necessary with Weston Dressler, Darvin Adams and Ryan Smith all out with injuries. In all, the Bombers are making five adjustments to their 46-man roster after last week’s win over the Edmonton Eskimos. Addison Richards is back from injury and will make his season debut as a backup to Rory Kohlert at wide receiver. Kyle Knox will also make both his Bombers and CFL debut as a backup linebacker.

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