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Blue Bombers add QB Bryan Bennett to practice roster

As the season winds down, CFL teams continue to look for the next diamond in the rough to help their teams in the future. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers generated some buzz Thursday when they signed a quarterback that has a little bit of hype surrounding him.

Many thought Bennett would be the next man up in Oregon after Darron Thomas’ departure from Chip Kelly’s amazing offense. One problem: Marcus Mariota. Mariota strolled in, snatched the job right from Bennett forcing him to transfer to SE Louisiana so he could have a starting gig.

Bennett crushed it with the Lions in 2013, bagging Southland Conference Player of the Year honors while rushing for over 1,000 yards and passing for over 3,000 – and whenever you see rushing numbers like that, you know CFL teams are paying attention. Bennett was ranked 11th among quarterback prospects heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, with some expecting him to get drafted on Day Three.

Though the 23-year-old was passed up in the draft, Bennett signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad only to be released later. Welcome to Winnipeg, kid.

He’s a name to remember over the next few seasons – just check the tape.

– written by Travis Currah