Nic Demski could lineup at running back for Bombers

Nic Demski brings a versatile skillset back to his hometown.

Many know about his dynamic abilities as a receiver and returner, but the Bombers envision using him in another way on offence after signing Demski to a one-year deal in free agency.

“He’s got the ability to jump into the backfield if we want him to be in the backfield at times. He couldn’t get on the field at [the University of] Manitoba because they already had [Anthony] Coombs and [Kienan] LaFrance,” Winnipeg offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice told Bob Irving on 680 CJOB in Winnipeg on Monday

“He’s fast, he’s got short space quickness, he’s a good route runner and he has the ability to run the football.”

Blue and gold head coach Mike O’Shea views Demski the same way as LaPolice.

“When we watched him in the draft…he’s just such a dynamic football player. He can certainly return, he can play tailback, he can play slot, so he’s a really multi-faceted player that his athleticism is what stands out immediately,” O’Shea said.

General manager Kyle Walters was fixated on Demski ever since the 2015 CFL draft when he tried to trade up for him. The Bombers selected offensive lineman Sukh Chungh No. 2 overall that year. After that Winnipeg took receiver Addison Richards and defensive back Brendan Morgan in the second round of that same draft. It’s likely those two second rounders were offered as part of the deal to try and get back into the first round. Demski was selected sixth overall by Saskatchewan.

But he’s with the Bombers now.