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Thursday, May 28, 2015

DAY 1 RIDER ROOKIE CAMP NOTES

#9, 1st round pick Nic Demski, zeroes in on a pass Wednesday
Some quick thoughts from Day 1 of 2015 Roughrider Rookie Camp at Mosaic Stadium on Wednesday.  More coming up on the SportsCage on 620 CKRM:

- First and foremost, rosters weren't provided so that made things a crapshoot. Someone said there were 44 players on hand so we'll go with that.  It's virtually impossible to compose a detailed summary when you only know who a half a dozen players are.

- The two QB's participating were Brett Smith (Wyoming) and Noah Picton (Regina). Smith showed that he's got some pro experience - with the Argos last year and the Riders' Florida minicamp - as he had quite a burst when he rolled out. He's got an arm, but Noah's is deceptively strong too.

- Tino Sunseri watched in a t-shirt and shorts. Darian Durant and Kevin Glenn are here, but didn't come onto the field.

- Noah had to handle some bad snaps and said he didn't know who the centres even were. On one, he found an open Nic Demski as a safety outlet. Picton said there was no way to prepare for the increase in speed of the defenders but figures he'll get used to it. He's already taken more snaps during the team period than I thought he would and Coach Chamblin advised me to make sure I got a photo.

- Rider GM Brendan Taman said, if he had to pick one rookie standout, it would be first round pick REC Nic Demski (pictured above). Demski was sensational making acrobatic grabs and holding on field goals.  He's fortunate his college number was available due to the club's release of quarterback Seth Doege.

- When pressed, Taman said he predicts a 12-6 record for his club this year.  Apparently he was sticking by his tongue-in-cheek comment from a Wednesday morning appearance on the Wolf 104.9 FM morning show.

- There will be at least one opening on the roster at the receiver position.  Taman reported veteran Chaz Schilens has informed the club he plans to retire.  The 7-year NFL veteran saw spot duty with the Riders in 2014.

- An interested observer for the entire 55-minute workout was new club President Craig Reynolds.

- There were two kickers attempting three-pointers including the one from the U of S. There will be big competition there but the Riders have confidence in veteran Chris Milo. Now it's up to him to show it.

- So now we know by some point this year the Riders could have a starting Canadian nose tackle on defense. The rookies who play that position, including Rory Connop, are salivating at the golden opportunity. Maybe by Labour Day, we'll have a Keith Shologan-type of player in there.

- Rory Connop is big, but not as freakishly-so as has been portrayed.

- RB Melvin Abankwah from St. Mary's says he's sorry for using PED's and promised it won't happen again. He had the lecture from Ass't GM Jeremy O'Day Wednesday morning.

- #10 got the work at tailback and I can only assume it's incumbent Steven Miller.

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That good for now?
RP

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

That good for now?
RP

- not even close, its been a long winter

Anonymous said...

Need more info Rob, so excited for the season.

Rod Pedersen said...

We're not getting into this already. You're welcome for the update.

RP

Anonymous said...

Thanks "Rob", or should I say "Rod".

I for one appreciate the update.

Anonymous said...

I was able to drop by and watch the rookie camp and here are a few of my observations:

- the grab by Demski from Picton was incredible. If you blinked you missed it. I wished there was a replay on the screen.

- I liked 6 ft 6 inch #77 Turkington. He looks like a bigger version of Fantuz. If he muscled up some more, he could be a Gronk type tight end.

- The Rams have a great QB in Picton. Great skill displayed, and with a lot of confidence.

- I hope that Rory Cannop can be the guy to be the new Shologan. Similar size.

- I liked the work of the assistant coaches. Lots of energy.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Great update, can't wait to see the boys first hand

Anonymous said...

RP - quite complaining, be happy someone is even reading your blog

Anonymous said...

ROD....... We love your updates. Any one who wants more can feel free to go to the stadium or camp and write In his own blog.

Anonymous said...

Lots of positive signs on first day:

I agree with the post about Turkington. Very big, would be nice to see him form into a nice Tight End!

Demski looks calm and ready, bright future.

LB Phillip Steward looked good with a pick 6

Exciting that football is back!

Anonymous said...

Like you jackass

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah cause nobody ever reads Rod's blog. Twice voted the best sports blog in Canada and nobody reads it.

It's true, you can't fix stupid.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

ROD....... We love your updates. Any one who wants more can feel free to go to the stadium or camp and write In his own blog.

Hey buthead - many of us live to far away to go to a Rider practice or home game but have been fans forever and in my case I can quarentee you longer than you have been alive. So we like lots of opinions on the team, players and what is happening. No one is asking anyone to picdk the starting team. So take your Hate and shove it !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Want to see Demski succeed in part just to piss off those bleeding hearts who were upset that the Riders didn't take Richards just cause he plays for the Rams. The Riders are under no obligation to take SK players just cause. They want the best!

Anonymous said...

Pisz poor first day notes for someone who claims to be the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Anonymous said...

Butt Head? Classy. If you aren't satisfied by this blog why do you read it? Its too much stress for you and you should take a break from the site. It's getting your old man blood pressure up.

Anonymous said...

RE - Butt Head? Classy. If you aren't satisfied by this blog why do you read it? Its too much stress for you and you should take a break from the site. It's getting your old man blood pressure up

WOW - you ever a jerk !!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Pisz Poor,

Get a life!

Rich Happy

Anonymous said...

I love the people that are jealous of Rod but put money in his pocket by driving up the hits on his site which in turn drives advertising dollars. That's good entertainment.

Anonymous said...

What up Rod?
No name dropping today!

Anonymous said...

I hope the coaches have a list with the numbers on it.

Rod Pedersen said...

Didn't have time to name drop. I was too busy hanging out with the Premier. Sucker.

RP

Anonymous said...

Great comment RP
Shows what kind of person you are and your intelligence level vey nicely

Don Mitchell said...

Wow, a feisty bunch this morning!
Hey Rod, don't stoop to the idiots level, there are more than enough folks here who like your work.

Cheers