Here are some brief notes from Wednesday's closed Rider practice at Mosaic Stadium:
- Don't tell the players these two remaining games are meaningless. That includes rookie QB Keith Price (pictured) who made his prob debut in Saturday's 35-24 loss to Edmonton. Turns out the price was right, as he lobbed a touchdown on his first professional pass attempt.
What did the opportunity mean to him?
"I kind of wanted to shed years for a minute but was also excited," Price said after the workout. "I got to sit back and think about how cool of an opportunity this is, not only for me but for the rest of this team."
- Price also divulged that CFL, NFL and Washington Huskies Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon funded Price's entire collegiate career at Washington. Keith said he'd never met Moon before that but Moon's name was on his donor card and he later became a mentor.
- Head coach Bob Dyce remained hesitant to outline the Riders' roster for Saturday's game at Calgary. However he said the club will debut some new receivers and running backs.
- Dyce also agreed it'll be a fun challenge to try to shutdown Stampeders running back Jerome Messam, a Rider two weeks ago, who enters the game just 174 rushing yards shy of 1,000. Dyce admitted however that it likely won't be a "fun" challenge as Messam is a 255-lb freight train.
- The Rider quarterbacks likely breathed a sigh of relief with Wednesday's NSA that Stamps sackmaster Charleston Hughes will miss the game with a broken hand.