Realty One

Saturday, June 3, 2017


SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan Roughriders waited until Friday's Day 6 of 2017 Training Camp to flatten out. Head Coach & GM Chris Jones described the workout at SMF Field as "lethargic" and noted that he was disappointed in their effort.

This comes on the eve of the team's annual Mock Game (4:00 pm Saturday at SMF Field), which will be the club's first official dress rehearsal complete with CFL officials.

After last year's mock scrimmage, Jones said he "wanted to throw up". How can players avoid illiciting the same nausea from their coach this time around? Jones said energy and effort will overcome blown assignments.

Clearly the energy was lacking on Friday.

Some other Friday notes:

- OG Brendon Labatte missed the session while WR Caleb Holley left the field with injury. Jones said neither malady is considered serious. WR Rob Bagg left the field momentarily with a twisted left ankle, but returned.

- Through five days Kevin Glenn led all quarterbacks in completion percentage at 81.1%. Vince Young was next while the stats of Brandon Bridge and Bryan Bennett were virtually even. Young has also had the most passes dropped out of all quarterbacks.

- The club added veteran RB Anthony Allen (pictured) on Friday and he participated in the workout wearing #35. He said he was home in Florida waiting for an opportunity and that call came from the Riders' Jeremy O'Day. He gladly accepted and was on the first flight to Saskatoon.

Chris Jones said Allen adds a veteran presence and "character".

Asked about missing almost a week of camp and being behind in the playbook, Allen quipped that "I'm kind of like a genius!" and that it's been simplified for him by O.C. Stephen McAdoo.

- QB Vince Young addressed the media for the first time since Day 1. He described the first week of training camp as "fun and a lot of hard work".

I asked Young if he's willing to stick around this season as Kevin Glenn's back-up if he's not named the Week 1 starter.

"Yeah I'm here. I'm good baby," said Young, who seemed surprised by the question. "Like I said, I'll fight hard to be a Roughrider and first, make the team. After that, I'm a Roughrider. Whatever it takes. It's not about me. It's not about Kev. It's not about Bryan or Brandon. It's not about one guy. It's about doing whatever it is to lead the team, no matter who the quarterback is."



Anonymous said...

Thanks Rod and may I complement you on your appraisals from camp. I sometimes scold you for viewing everything through 'green goggles' but your reports from camp this year have been much more realistic.
Keep up the good work, it feels great to be informed.


Larry said...

Are they making you and the other media do push-ups again this year?

Rod Pedersen said...

Some are.

Anonymous said...

I can understand how this stretch of August like weather could take its toll on the players. A nice cool breeze would help. Glad the CFL did not move the season up as its too hot for even the fans.

Anonymous said...

I went to the store this morning and everyone was dragging their feet a bit. I know some players are used to it but I'd blame the heat yesterday and humidity for part of the blahs today. I know the humidity is a long time joke when the Riders travel east but there just may be something to it as we've been on the cool side most of the spring and that was HOT yesterday. Anyways, keep up the great work Rod, and don't leave anytime soon, your broadcasts are the best and the blog is so informative.

Rod Pedersen said...

No livestream.

Keith Pottruff said...

I'm loving the humble attitude that VY has so far. This is a guy who doesn't need the money and could easily coast along based on his collegiate accomplishments. Yet he's come to a different country and is willing to work his way up.

I like KG too (the Rodney Dangerfield of CFL QB's) but I want to see VY in games and piloting us to a Grey Cup now!

Morgan said...

Classic Canadians... complain about the cold weather all winter... then they get summer weather in May and they complain about the heat!

dom said...

Hey Morgan. Found you a pile of sand now go pound it. Proud Canadian and Die Hard Rider Fan. 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🏈🏈🏈🏈😱

3RD and 1 said...

Morgan; if your going to analyze a specific group of people I would be more careful with your assessments. Complaining is not a Canadian thing you Dufus! Complaining is a fact of life of all human beings. We always want things to be just right. When they are not the way we want them. A select few vocalize their displeasure.
There are 5 main Human sensations. Then there are a few more not so famous sensations. I'm going to list them for you so that you understand that these sensations are the most complained about for ALL HUMAN BEINGS. Not just Canadians.
Here are the 5 main ones....

Sight (ophthalmoception)
hearing (audioception)
taste (gustaoception)
smell (olfacoception or olfacception)
touch (tactioception)

Here's a list of less 'famous' senses.

temperature (thermoception)
kinesthetic sense (proprioception)
pain (nociception)
balance (equilibrioception)
vibration (mechanoreception)

Now that you have been schooled to the maximum. Please try and keep your comments about the fantastic job Rod and his staff are doing with the most loved CFL team the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Anonymous said...

Loosen up Dom. You take offence to weather comments???

Anonymous said...

Gee whiz guys, give Dom a break. After all, April 25 is the perfect date. It's not too hot or too cold. All you need is a light jacket.