Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers at season opener

DeVone Claybrooks knows there’s a big question hanging over his B.C. Lions as they enter the regular season.With so many new pieces, can the Lions come together as a single, cohesive unit?For Claybrooks, who’s in his first year as a head coach, there’s no other option.“We don’t have time to not mesh, with the schedule that we have, with the road games and the teams that we’re facing,” he said on Friday. “It’s important that you hit the ground running.”Story continues belowREAD MORE: Bomber season preview: What to expect from the Blue and Gold this yearThe Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one. On Saturday, B.C. will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a team expected by many to dominate this year.Winnipeg has 16 players returning from the squad that dropped last year’s West Division final to the eventual Grey Cup-winning Calgary Stampeders, including quarterback Matt Nichols and star linebacker Adam Bighill.They’ve also beefed up their back end, adding former Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Willie Jefferson in free agency.The Bombers are solid, with a proven quarterback, strong defence and a coach who likes to play aggressively, Claybrooks said.WATCH: (Aired June 6) Childhood friends reunite on BC Lions as teammates View original article here Source

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