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Friday, October 23, 2015

THURSDAY WITH THE RIDERS


- It was a beautiful fall day for the Roughriders' final practice of the week Thursday at Mosaic. Saturday they host the Edmonton Eskimos at 5:00 in their final HOME game of 2015.

- I write HOME in all caps because several folks seem to think the season is over after Saturday.  There are, in fact, two road games left.

- Riders coach Bob Dyce confirmed both quarterbacks Brett Smith and Keith Price will see action on Saturday. However he declined to say when and how much, and basically said "If I told you that, I might as well show you our game plan".

- Dyce also said their plan to go with younger players this week was derailed when a handful of those rookies proved in practice they simply aren't ready yet. When pressed on their identities, Bob wasn't interested in divulging them.

- However some of the "new faces" you'll see on Saturday include Keenan MacDougall at safety, Jake Doughty at LB and Chad Spann (#30) at running back.  U of S Huskies grad Tim Agbaje appears to be penciled in at defensive tackle.

- There will be some vets sat down for this game and perhaps beyond. Some of them have not taken the news well. Dyce said those were tough conversations and it's part of the reason why they've played the vets so long this season.

- An interesting point was made by Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly in the media this week. He said the Rider defensive players didn't change this season but their scheme did.  

Food for thought.

RP

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Which vets are to sit out the rest of the season??

Anonymous said...

This should be fun to watch. Esks by at least 30.

Anonymous said...

I sure hope Breckenridge gets to sit and mull over all his near misses.

Anonymous said...

with a 2 and 13 record,the veterans showed that they cant win and the newbies deserve a change. I can see big changes for next year, as a number of players are past their best before dates, and really should have been replacedearlier.

Anonymous said...

ANON #2.... You must mean at least 30 at the end of the 1st. quarter I would think.

Anonymous said...

I just read on TSN that the Riders are sitting Brackenridge for the rest of the season. Hopefully it's forever. I have no idea how many TDs the opposition scored because he missed a tackle but it was a bunch. For some reason the media loved him but he was easily the most overrated player in the CFL.
If the O'Day/Dyce combo continue to make decisions like this I may warm up to the notion that they be signed up at season's end. Sitting Breckenridge is easily the best move they've made yet.

Anonymous said...

STOP NDP