SASKATOON -- Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones was heated in his media period following Tuesday's 2016 Training Camp Day 17 at Griffiths Stadium. Some players got carried away with the padded practice and returner/receiver/tailback Kendial Lawrence got dinged and was unable to finish the workout.
"Yeah too stupid," Jones fumed. "We're not going to be stupid. So, that's what it is. When you knock people to the ground in a pro football scrimmage it's stupid, not physical. So get it straight."
Tuesday was another day where some players lined up out of their normal positions. Defensive lineman Jordan Reaves executed a punt (not very well), linebacker Dillon Grondin kicked a field goal and wide receiver John Chiles lined up behind centre. It was not a Wildcat formation, or trick play, as some message board lurkers surmised.
"This is not 'play time'," Jones advised. "We're trying to figure out who are back-ups are and if we don't have a back-up kicker and we lose our (regular) guy, we're going to be stuck. We've got to figure out who can kick the ball up in the air and get us an extra point or a short field goal. We're trying to find our back-up snapper, and back-up players overall."
Jones said it's not a stretch for John Chiles to line up at quarterback either.
"John Chiles was the #1 quarterback in the country out of high school," Jones reported. "So for us not to try to take advantage of his athletic skills would be remiss."
Meanwhile Jordan Reaves said punting isn't entirely new to him.
"I used to kick back in the day," the son of Bombers great Willard Reaves stated. "And then one day over at the Hilltops facility I let one go and it was a nice, perfect spiral. I grew up with the Bombers kicker as our neighbour and we used to kick back and forth. It's just naturally there I guess."
PHOTOS FROM TUESDAY IN SASKATOON
Saskatoon Dairy Queen owner/operator Geoff Malin was nice enough to bring an array of DQ treats to the U of S for the team. In this photo, Geoff and his kids pose with the Riders' Gordon Gilroy and Craig Dickenson ..
It was a treat to get invited to the reception for the Eric Gryba Celebrity Golf Classic benefitting the Royal University Hospital Foundation. In this photo, Blades and NHL alum Darcy Hordichuk, Rob Pederson, me and Miles Zimbaluk from Canada to Arizona fame ..
The man of the hour, Eric Gryba of the Edmonton Oilers ..
Blades greats Kevin "Killer" Kaminski and Hordichuk ..
Gryba gets auctioned off ..
Blades and Islanders great Bob Bourne ..