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Saturday, May 14, 2016

RIDERS ADD NORWOOD, DENMARK, LEMON AND RELEASE FIVE

Denmark
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced on Friday international defensive lineman Eric Norwood and international wide receivers Clarence Denmark and Alec Lemon have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Norwood (6’3 – 255) joins the Riders after spending the previous three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 42 regular season games the 27-year-old has collected 123 defensive tackles, 24 quarterback sacks, and nine tackles for loss. He was named an East Division All-Star in 2014. 
In ten regular season games last year, Norwood registered 30 defensive tackles, seven quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries both of which he returned for touchdowns.  

Denmark (5’11 – 190) will enter his sixth CFL season after originally signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March, 2011. Through five seasons with the Bombers, the 30-year-old Florida native collected 306 receptions for 4,165 yards and 16 touchdowns in 88 career regular season games. He was named a West Division All-Star in 2014 after registering 1,080 receiving yards. 

Last season, Denmark had 57 catches for 718 yards and three touchdowns while starting all 18 regular season games.

Lemon (6’2 – 207) joins the Riders after spending two seasons in the NFL. The 24-year-old originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in April 2013, then later joined the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in December, 2014. 

Before going pro, Lemon had a standout four year career at Syracuse University where he became the school’s all-time leader in receptions. In 47 career collegiate games Lemon totaled 2,596 yards and 18 touchdowns on 201 receptions.  

The Riders also announced they released the following players:
·         National receiver Alex Carroll
·         National running back Brandon Deschamps
·         National fullback Carl Fitzgerald
·         International defensive lineman Sage Harold
·         International running back Stephen Houston

32 comments:

Red said...

Cut Pierzchalski for Carrol, then cut Carrol.
No wonder Chamblin and Taman are a coulple of sad sacks

Anonymous said...

I just hope the second Lemon does not wear #88.

Anonymous said...

This second Lemon appears to have some upside at his size and age 24. Having said this, is there a chance this team could be soured by too many "Lemons". Sorry...just couldn't help it!

Anonymous said...

Still whining about Pierzchalski? talk about a man crush! Games Played with Saskatchewan (13) in 2015 1 catch for 12 years. 2016 played in 6 games for Ottawa 0 catches for 0 yards. Yeah he's a huge loss.

Anonymous said...

Tough loss for the oskee wee wee. They needed Norwood badly!

Anonymous said...

Does this mean Steele is our number 1 RB? GULP!

Anonymous said...

The riders had the best running game in the leaque last year. Jones and Murphy in their wisdon got rid of all of them - like they have with many top players from the offense. and NO the offense was not a problem last year !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait until the riders cut jones and murphy.

Anonymous said...

The Riders #1 running back was Jerome Messam. He was in fact traded by the previous regime to Calgary in the latter part of the sad 2015 season. For an Eskimo troll you need to get your facts straight.

Marc said...

I always find it funny how a fan seems to think they know more than a coach who won a grey cup

Anonymous said...

Remember another HC who won a GC?????
His initials where CC
Ring a bell - ding ding
How did that turn out ????
Now the riders have 2 more rotten apples called jones and murphy
Don't worry I know that I will never convince the posters on here
Its called judgement and you have none and neither do the people who hired jones and murphy but their intention where in the right place
except they were blinded by the sexy choice.

Anonymous said...

" Can't wait until the Riders cut Jones and Murphy".

Wow are you pathetic. Yeah, let's go back to the Riders of old where losing seasons were the norm and even a chance at the playoffs was lauded as a celebration. Take your idiotic old boys club mentality and shove it straight up your ass. Seriously, if you don't like wining then get lost. What a loser.

Anonymous said...

Denmark is 30
Jones said the riders needed to get younger
but I quess that was before players wouldn't sign for him

Anonymous said...

The riders ground game was just fine without Messam even though he is a great player
Yes get your fact straight.

Anonymous said...

To you ignorant trolls who do not like Jones and Murphy maybe its time to let them do the job they were hired to do. If the results are not good they will be gone as per your desires. Meanwhile your postings are annoying and mean nothing to Rider Fans. I sincerely wish your team had a blog so we could go on it and crap allover your teams coaches and management.

Anonymous said...

"Cut Pierzchalski for Carrol, then cut Carrol.
No wonder Chamblin and Taman are a coulple of sad sacks"

Actually, this is absolutely inaccurate. Pierzchalski turned down a practice roster spot as he felt he was too good to be there. So he went to Ottawa and sat on their practice roster.

Carrol accepted a PR offer and thus stayed with the team.

Anonymous said...

To all the evil empire posters here, tough luck, we will not be cutting or releasing Jones and Murphy so quit wishing and dreaming

Anonymous said...

Pierzchalski has done DICK ALL in Ottawa, give it a rest already!

Anonymous said...

Why is anyone making judgments about Jones and Murphy when they haven't shown that they are winners or losers here yet. To all the nay sayers, who would be a better hire?

Anonymous said...

So the Bombers get an all star receiver in Dressler

and the Riders get

a 3rd string castoff in Denmark

Jones and Murphy are just the smartest there is

Anonymous said...

Anyone seen ta man anywhere near a football these days? he wouldn't know football if one hit him sqaure in the face a la Marsha Brady, same goes for oh day who's just wasting the riders time.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Riders also got rid of 200000 dollars worth of salary, then invested that in the defence.

Winnipeg did nothing but spend spend spend on the offence. Remember, defends wins championships. And we have the best defensive coach in the league.

We are gonna be unreal in 2 years.

BOOK IT DANNO!

3RD and 1 said...

Time to accept and wake up to the future ... Denmark was a 1st string slotback for 6 years. Riders signed him for a third they were paying Dressler. Dressler was a great receiver when the ball was perfectly placed. When Darian led the league in interceptions. A majority of those picks were attempts to get Dress the ball. Jones has a pretty good idea of what he's talking about when he states a larger body reliever can help the QB much more than a 5'6" receiver. I love Dressler as much as the next guy. Accept the fact that his agent was not willing to accept a pay cut. Therefore both Dress and Chick had to go. Half a million dollars for a receiver and D-end leaves to little for the cap of 46 players. Leading to 3-15 seasons.

Anonymous said...

Everything about this comment is incorrect. The Bombers signed a free agent in Weston. The Riders signed a free agent in Denmark. Both were 1st string starting receivers for their respective teams. One receiver was signed for $160K which is too much. Yet it's 38 percent less than he (Dressler) would take in an attempt to negotiate by Chris's Jones. Denmark on the other hand that was an Eastern All Star the same year that Dressler was a Western All Star took half of what Dressler is getting. So the Riders get to sign a great Defensive End for the other 80K and just replaced Chick at $250K at that position. I would take that deal every day of the week. Facts are Chris Jones knows more about football than every Anon combined posting on here got the last year! I love football and know a bit on the business side. However Jones and Murphy on the same team is almost unfair to the competition.

Reginald of Regina

Anonymous said...

There is a big difference in Denmark to Dressler and I am sorry but when you have a receiver with multiple 1000 yard seasons it isn't because the ball is perfectly place…it means your that good. There was reason for Dressler earning that money people…let's compare the two. Denmark:
1000 yard seasons - 1
900 yard seasons - 1
below 850 yard seasons - 3

Dressler:
1000 yard seasons - 5
941 yard seasons - 2
1 season lower then 500 yards due to injury.

Let's put this in a fair comparison…actually you can't because Dressler runs away with the show in comparison. Denmark is a nice pick up though with all the guys retiring lately.

Anonymous said...

The difference in Dressler having more productive years than Denmark can also be attributed to the QB situation. Yes the Riders suffered in 2014 and 2015. However the Bombers suffered at QB all 5 Years Denmark played for the Bombers.
I'm not saying that Denmark is a better receiver than Dressler. I am saying that Dressler was fortunate to have a QB that he had a great rapport with and Darian trusted him emensley. Denmark never had anything van close to that. Denmark unfortunately had to work with 11 different QB's. Where as Dressler only had to work with 4. One of which was a pretty good QB in Willy.

Anonymous said...

Bingo!

Anonymous said...

Okay bringing Qb's in makes me say this...well then I guess Fred Stamps getting over 1250 yards 2 years straight years at age 31 and 32 with a useless Qb as in Steven Jyles shows that it can be done even with a Qb that isn't very good and Jyles was absolutely horrible so Denmark was lucky to have Buck Pierce, Drew Willy in past seasons.

Anonymous said...

Jyles was not a horrible QB between the 20's my friend. In fact he was very good. Jyles problem was his red zone or should I say as a Rider fan the green zone play. If you look at how many games Jyles lost by 4 points or less. It has to be a record. Plus Fred Stamps was Jyles Favourite receiver. Jyles lack of killer instinct would even see him tear defeat away from the hands of victory with untimely pick 6 INT's at or near the end of a game. The guy had an arm. Just didn't have a brain that had the big letter "W" stamped on it or in it!
I'm not sure as I haven't checked if Denmark even played with Jyles. But I'm guessing that Denmark's season with Jyles was probably one of his more productive ones if he did. I'm repeating myself but Jyles threw a nice ball. Had great timing between the 20's. Then once he could see the end zone some switch flicked on in his brain and every Defence could bait him like a hungry perch.

Reg of Reg

Anonymous said...

quit crying about dressler. he is gone he was overrated. im glad jones got rid of him he was worth nowhere near what they were paying him. To be honest i am dissapointed he didnt take a paycut here, for some reason he would rather get payed less to play in winnipeg. So good riddance. They should have never brought him back after the nfl. He has been nothing but a cash grabber from here.

Anonymous said...

With regards to Alex Pierzchalski with the Redblacks give the guy a break. Ottawa has Brad Sinopoli (1000+yards last season) and guys like Macdonell and Harty. I think both those guys are bigger and faster than Alex. They also have two other Canadian receivers in Enchill and the new kid Kett from Western. That is a real hard lineup to crack

Anonymous said...

The Riders needed an experienced CFL vet like Denmark in the Receiving corps. This was really lacking with the retirement of Price. He's got the physical attributes that Jones likes. Such a QBing carousel, in Winnipeg, that its really tough to see how accurate Denmarks stats are. When Buck Pierce was healthy, Denmarks stats were good. WE can bemoan about Dressler all we want, but he's gone and no doubt priced himself out of Riderville.