Here's an update from Day 4 of Saskatchewan Roughriders Training Camp 2016 at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon:
1 - Sunshine and 20 degrees Celsius greeted the Roughriders on Wednesday. It was the most well-attended of the team's midweek workouts.
2 - Among those absent from the workout due to injuries were WR John Chiles, DE Justin Capicciotti and LB Jeff Knox Jr. Head Coach & GM Chris Jones was asked if any of these injuries are starting to concern him but he said he never gets too worried about injuries. It's part of the game and it offers a chance for others to step up.
3 - Many fans have been asking how the kicking game is taking shape. There are three kickers/punters in camp: Josh Bartel, Tyler Crapigna and Quinn Van Gylswyk. Jones said he's pleased with their performances through four days and doesn't foresee any issues there.
4 - Asked for an assessment of the play of the defensive secondary, Jones gave a grim report despite the fact the the defense won the team period 70-61 on Wednesday.
"The defensive secondary - up until today - has played real well," Jones said. "I didn't think we played real well defensively today at all, right from the word 'go' from walkthrough. We just have to keep on plugging and then we'll get in these games and see what we really have."
5 - Although Brett Smith led the second team offense on Wednesday, Jones said absolutely no one is ahead of anyone else in the battle to be the top back-up behind Darian Durant. Smith said he and competitors B.J. Coleman and Jacob Huesman get along great and share information on the field and in meetings however they know what's at stake.
*We'll have much more on the SportsCage today at 4:00 pm on 620 CKRM including a live visit from the Riders' John Murphy at 5:06 pm. I'll provide a more-detailed camp report here on the blog later tonight.
The following is the Day 4 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light, courtesy of Roughriders PR:
National long snapper Jorgen Hus
Did not participate:
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
John Chiles (day-to-day)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)
The Riders returned to the field for Day 4 of training camp and the intensity from the players continued.
The competition was fierce as players spent a large chunk of the first practice engaged in one-on-one blocking and tackling drills.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Second year receiver Nic Demski hauled in a deep pass from rookie quarterback Jacob Huesman before sprinting over 75 yards for a huge gain during the team period.
Players and coaches will hit the practice field at Griffiths Stadium for Day 5 of training camp with two practice sessions. The players will be on the field at 9:00AM with practice running until approximately 12:00PM.