Defensive end Anthony Bennett, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ first pick of the 2023 CFL draft, is providing a rookie diary for Sun readers throughout training camp. The 26-year-old, who has roots in both Regina and South Florida, was enjoying the cool, fall-like weather during practice on Thursday. Here’s what he had to say after the training camp session at IG Field.
It was cold out today, but you’ve got to just fly around and be active, warm yourself up, and then you’ll be good. It doesn’t matter if it’s rain, snow, sleet, or anything … we get it all up here and you’ve got to be ready for it. I’ll definitely let the new American guys know that if they want to play in the playoffs and the Grey Cup, it’s way worse than this. You’ve got to get used to it.
I’m 26 years old and think that helps because I feel like I just break through the butterflies a lot easier. I just try to fit in and understand what the coaches want, right away. Sometimes, when you’re younger you can get caught up in your ego. Me, being older, I just figure out what they want, what they need from me.
I love working with this defensive line group. Those boys fly around in the rush and I can’t wait to play some games with them. Less than 10 days now until the first pre-season game. It’s on my mind a little bit but it’s also just day by day, trying to get better and better. I know, from the critiques from the (veteran players) — nothing bad, just legit — they’re trying shape me into performing at a high level. I take those critiques to heart and go and work on them right away. You also have to slow down the process, understand ‘Well, this is what they want from me’ and kind of break it up, part by part.