Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick off rookie camp without 2 top quarterbacks

Usually all of the team’s quarterbacks take part, but Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler both weren’t on the field for the start of Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ rookie camp on Wednesday.With the CFL and the CFLPA awaiting ratification of their tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, the pair weren’t among the four quarterbacks practicing on day one.Story continues below

“They check in with me, right,” head coach Mike O’Shea said. “They call, and let me know what’s going on. I respect their decisions as leaders.”The playing conditions were far from great for the start of camp, as rain showered down throughout the two-hour practice. Fifty-three players are on their rookie camp roster, and the newcomers will have two more days to impress before some decisions will be made.READ MORE: CFL, CFL Players’ Association reach agreement on new contract“Six years in and you can’t help but feel so excited,” O’Shea said. “Seeing the level of talent that we’re bringing here to rookie camp, and then to main camp is very exciting.“It’s a long off-season, watching film and making plans. And when you finally get out here with a group of players that are flying around, giving a lot of effort, taking coaching well, and learning to communicate with their teammates, it’s all good stuff.”WATCH: Raw Mike O’Shea Interview