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Thursday, June 8, 2017

RIDERS PREP FOR PRESEASON OPENER

Duron Carter expects to see game action on Saturday
The Roughriders scaled Thursday's Day 12 of Training Camp down to one padded session at Griffiths Stadium. The club is making final preparations for Saturday's home preseason game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7:00 pm, 620 CKRM).

It was sunny and 26 degrees for the workout with a 16 km/h breeze.

Bryan Bennett, Brandon Bridge and Marquise Williams took the bulk of the reps at quarterback. Vince Young was absent again, while Kevin Glenn watched for the team periods. The team still hasn't set its QB rotation for Saturday.

"Not yet," offered Riders Head Coach Chris Jones. "I'm gonna talk to them today and tomorrow after the walk-through. It's not like we're trying to hide anything. We just have to decide exactly how we're going to utilize the guys. There's really only three options for us now so it's between those three to go out and play and move the football for us."

Having said that, #1 pivot Kevin Glenn isn't going to get the night off.

"He's going to dress," Jones continued. "Everybody's going to dress. We don't do that stuff where we sit a guy out and he sits over there in a ball cap and he talks to the fans. We don't do that type thing. He's going to dress, help coach those young kids, and be eyes for them."

It's my guess that Bryan Bennett will start, although they might want to give Kevin Glenn at least one series to get accustomed to the noise. However whenever Bennett gets into the game, he'll have the added bonus of having spent last year on the Blue Bombers' practice roster, going against Richie Hall's defense in practice.

"Richie's a coach who's been in this league a long time," Bennett said Thursday. "He has his base. It's the preseason and you want to evaluate guys so you might see a little more man coverage. That's just something where you gotta get up there, get your pre-snap read and execute based on what they give you.

"They're not going to bring too much. In the redzone they might zero you or bring some six-man pressure but not a ton. I'd like to think that I've probably seen everything that they'll do."

Kickers Tyler Crapigna and Quinn Van Gylswyk got the day off, opening the door for Regina Thunder kicker Kris Calcutt to work with the big club on Thursday. Chris Jones said Calcutt "did a real nice job", and perfectly executed an onside kick. Bryan Bennett even tried his hand at punting.
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Former Tusculum linebacker Brandyn Bartlett has been selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League supplemental draft on Thursday.

Bartlett, a 6-1, 230-pound product of Dacula, Georgia, recorded 229 tackles in his three seasons with the Pioneers which are 13th-most in program history.  During his 31-game career, he accounted for nine tackles for loss with four sacks.  His six career fumbles forced are tied for fifth in the Tusculum record book, while also posting two fumble recoveries and an interception.

In 2016, he finished fourth on the team with his 55 total tackles, including three sacks in his nine outings.  He led the Pioneers with his 94 tackles in 2015 as his 8.5 stops per game average was second in the South Atlantic Conference.  He earned All-Region and All-Conference first team honors and forced a team-high three fumbles, which were second in the league and 36th in the country.  During that 2015 campaign, he tallied double-digit tackles on five occasions.

Bartlett graduated from Tusculum this past December and was a member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll while majoring in sport management.  He becomes the 28th Pioneer during the NCAA Division II era (1998-present) to ink a professional football contract.

The Roughriders will open their 2017 season this Saturday night when they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

RP
@rodpedersen

16 comments:

Rudyman said...

Ok, getting real excited for Saturday, I alway love the preseason games and seeing all that talent.

Add to that finding my new seats in the new building. Going to be an awesome day!

Anonymous said...

Nice touch for sure to have Bennett start against him former team!

Anonymous said...

If Vince isn't on the team. My tickets are for sale.

Anonymous said...

He isnt dressing saturday. As I said from day one, the chances of him making it out of camp are slim to none.

It was never intended as a serious option at qb. Publicity move mainly to get people talking about other things besides fines, Durants release, etc.

Anonymous said...

Any update on the injury, we all know he isn't playing, I guess it would be nice to know the severity of the injury.

I assume he will be on the 6 game when the season starts and everyone will forget about him once the season starts and he will silently walk off into the sunset.

Anonymous said...

You can't really be serious?

Jeremy Hodgins said...

Love that we are pinning our hopes on an aging QB who is an adequate backup at this point. And a Bluebomber castoff.

Anonymous said...

on the 6 game injury list.....are you serious!! He is likely to get cut!!

Anonymous said...

Dead serious. Low risk move. If he somehow beats the long odds and plays, Jones looks like a genius. If he doesnt, its an "oh well" and move on. All with the built-in bonus of the big name to create publicity.

Anonymous said...

Any talk of the Rush or Blades up there lately in saskatoon?

rixxgym said...

I have attended training camp everyday and Qb Williams, who only came to camp a few days ago, is close to passing Vince Young on the depth chart already! VY chance of legitimately making the team are slim & none!



Anonymous said...

I can see a "Special Advisor to former NFL Players" position for Young. He can practice and if required just sign a players contract. A genius move!

Anonymous said...

Man you guys just don't listen!

I told the story of a man named Vince as told to me a couple days ago via this blog. Here it is again_ There once was a qb named Vince_ Vince Ferragamo to be precise, Big Big NFL star... sound familiar? He came up to Canada to play football, took a look, got some reps, a little playing time, bye bye see you never. End of story.

Oskee

Anonymous said...

Are you on the wacky tobacki?

-Habs74

Anonymous said...

Vince better stay!! Like seriously his upside could be greater than anyone.

Unlike a 17 year old cupless vet.
Or a few practice squad guys.

Anonymous said...

The upside of a 34 year old NFL cast off who, didnt win anything since college and hasnt played a meaningful snap in 5 seasons? Believe the hype much?