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Morris: Revamped O-line dominant in Bombers season-opener

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Matt Nichols had heard the talk.

Depleted by defections and retirement, there had been questions if the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line would be the dominate unit it had been over the last few CFL seasons.

The Bombers’ quarterback believes those questions were answered in Winnipeg’s 33-23 road victory over the BC Lions Friday night.

“Incredible,” said Nichols. “I look forward to seeing that group grow and continue to get better.”

Running back Andrew Harris, who romped for 148 yards on 16 carries, was equally as enthusiastic.

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“The offensive line handled what BC was bringing in the blitz game and the run game,” said Harris, who also had five catches for 27 yards. “There were some nice holes for me early on and near the end of the game.”

The Winnipeg offensive line had earned the reputation as one of the best in the CFL. Anchored by Stanley Bryant, the league’s top offensive lineman the last two seasons, the group was big, mobile and physical. A lack of injury also gave the line consistency.

The winds of change blew through Winnipeg over the winter. Veteran guard Sukh Chungh signed as a free agent with BC and centre Matthias Goossen retired. The........