Wednesday, June 24, 2015
RIDERS BEGIN PREP FOR WINNIPEG
The Saskatchewan Roughriders held Day 1 of their practice week on Tuesday as they get set to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 1 of the 2015 CFL season on Saturday (6:00 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network). Here are some notes:
- Veteran stars Weston Dressler and Tyron Brackenridge did not participate in the workout and afterwards head coach Corey Chamblin said both are question marks for the Winnipeg game.
- The good news is sophomore receiver Ryan Smith practiced full-out and appears to have recovered from the injury sustained in Preseason Game 1 in Fort McMurray. It's been reported that Smith suffered a mild concussion.
- It appears the Riders' second pick in the 2015 draft, defensive tackle Rory Connop from Western, will be in the starting lineup which will provide some ratio relief for the Green & White. Also with Brackenridge still on the limp, four year veteran national DB Keenan MacDougall continues to lineup at safety.
- Chamblin cautioned that they're still tinkering with the ratio and a lot could change between now and Saturday. The Riders will hold a closed practice on Wednesday in which more of the game plan, including personnel, will be implemented.
- There are a handful of number changes which include LS Levi Steinhauer (51), WR Seydou Junior Hadaira (84) and LB Telvion Clark (12). There are a few others whose names escape me at the moment.
- Quarterback Darian Durant said he's excited to see his first game action since last year's Banjo Bowl which, incidentally, came against these same Blue Bombers. His surgically-repaired right elbow is feeling 100%.
- Durant also said it's difficult to prepare for a Week 1 game since new Blue Bombers defensive coordinator Richie Hall likely didn't show anything in the preseason.
- Regarding Richie's first return to Mosaic Stadium since jumping ship to the Blue Bombers in January, Chamblin says new Rider offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine likely has a better read on what Hall will do than he does. Chapdelaine opposed Hall and the Roughriders many times while running the offense of the B.C. Lions.
- Wednesday's SportsCage will be live from the Jon Ryan Charity Classic festivities, and the inaugural Wednesday Night Live at the Saskatchewan Sound Stage featuring comedian Sarah Colonna, country act Gord Bamford and rock group The Trews. Corey Chamblin will join us on the Coaches Show, TSN's Paul Lapolice will be in for the Coaches Playbook, and we'll be joined by Jon Ryan and his Seahawks teammates. The show airs at 4:00 pm on 620 CKRM.