Tuesday, August 23, 2016
RIDERS BACK TO WORK
Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant says it's not a game tape they can take a lot out of.
"It's one you just trash," Durant offered. "I mean of course there's some learning things throughout the film but we'll bring that up the next time we play those guys. As for now, it's time to trash it and get ready for Edmonton and a western battle. It was one of those days."
Several Rider fans have mentioned that the team "wasn't ready to play" in Hamilton, falling down 13-0 after the first quarter and 27-4 at halftime. However Head Coach & GM Chris Jones took umbrage with that notion.
"I've watched the effort," Jones snorted. "I've watched it very closely in all three phases. We played, probably, our best special teams game. If they don't like it, they can go back and watch the film like I have. The effort was there, even in the fourth quarter. The score's not indicative of how hard we played. Did we play smart at times? No. Did we play execution football? No. That's the way I'd answer that."
Fans are also concerned at the amount of change the roster has seen through the club's 1-7 start, including 10 changes from Week 9 to 10. Four more transactions were announced on Tuesday.
"Unfortunately we can't help that (cornerback) Buddy Jackson got hurt so we had to put #45 Kacy Rodgers in the roster and then we've had some injuries on the offensive line and have got some players coming off of 6-Game that we were able to return," Jones answered. "They were starters coming out of training camp for a reason. They were the best guys and when we get those guys back, we have to insert them. As for the cohesion, we're looking for that."
Jones noted that slotback Rob Bagg is "doubtful" for Friday's game at Edmonton after taking a hard hit against the Tiger-Cats. Offensive tackle Xavier Fulton is scheduled to return from injury and he'll try it out in practice this week. Newly-acquired defensive back Fred Bennett will be activated for Friday's game.