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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

V.A. CAME TO PLAY


New Roughriders quarterback Vernon Adams (acquired from Montreal on Tuesday) and Head Coach & GM Chris Jones met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium. Here are some notes from the session:

- Adams was quick to thank Saskatchewan for the fresh start and said he's happy to be with a team that wants him.

- The former Oregon Ducks star was quick to backtrack, saying that it wasn't meant as a slight towards the Alouettes. He thanked Montreal for giving him his first pro opportunity, but he's glad to be a Roughrider now.

- The 24-year old from Pasadena, CA product said he knew a future with the Alouettes wasn't in the cards when the team signed CFL veteran Drew Willy to back-up Darian Durant.

- Upon leaving Montreal, Durant told Adams he'll "love it out there" in Saskatchewan.

- At 5'11", Adams said he's aware of his physical limitations height-wise but he's countered that with an uncanny ability to get outside the pocket and use his legs.

- Chris Jones said Adams is possibly the most-elusive quarterback he's ever tried to defend in football. Adams led the Alouettes to a 19-14 win at Saskatchewan in Week 18 last season (177 yards passing, 1 TD, 1 INT, 24 yards rushing).

- Jones said Adams will immediately begin operating the Roughriders' short yardage package.

- Jones said the addition of Adams may light a fire under incumbent back-ups Brandon Bridge and Marquise Williams, but they should be self-motivated enough regardless. They will be keeping all four quarterbacks for the foreseeable future.

- It's interesting to note that the combined salary of all four Rider quarterbacks is less than what Darian Durant is earning in Montreal in 2017!

- Regarding Bridge's time count violation late in Sunday's 41-8 home win over BC, Jones admitted that he was very upset with the penalty but he said it's a reflection on the coaches, not Bridge.

- The Riders are currently in a bye week and don't play again until Friday, August 25 at Edmonton.

RP
@rodpedersen

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

So we are supposed to get excited about a QB with SOOOO much potential that 2 teams already gave up on him??
Montreal traded him because they feel they have 2 young QB's with more potential than Adams.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, but not that surprising at all.....1 rookie free agent + 2 unproven backups + one 17 year journeyman / backup = 1 bonafide, grey cup winning, starting QB.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the RiderNation Vernon!

Anonymous said...

Adams on the payroll is even less risk than VY. For MTL it was reducing salary tied up in one position. Jones has now given Bridge a little more incentive to perform.
LF

Anonymous said...

You forgot injury prone.

Anonymous said...

Your bonafide qb plays somewhere else. Get over it. That's your bonafide "injury prone" qb.

Anonymous said...

Durant is one of the most durable QBs you will find. His Achilles injury was the only "wear and tear" injury of his 11 season career.

The elbow injury came on a hit that would snap anyones arm. In fact alot of qbs wouldnt come back from that hit and Durant has proven that there arent lingering effects from that one.

The idea that he's injury prone is a myth based on the unfortunate back to back timing of those events. Save for a broken rib in 2008 (also an injury that has nothing to do with durability) The rest of his career he was more or less injury free.

Nice try though.

Anonymous said...

Bridge will be staying in Toronto.

Doesn't practice well and that effects the other players too.

Anonymous said...

2009 and 2010 were the only 2 years dd played all 18 games, in every other yr he missed at least 2 due to injury and was always 'banged' up and off his game. Get over it, he is gone and got his huge payday, and now we have 4 QBs with less combined salary than DD. I'll take it!

Anonymous said...

This probably means fewer reps for Marquise Williams. Why? He's the only QB we have that the window is still opening. Adams and Bridge have had their opportunity and neither one grabbed the brass ring.

Anonymous said...

Missing 2 games per year is hardly "injury prone". Thats called being a football player. Nice try though!

Dex said...

If your standard for QB's is too play all 18 games every year you must be disappointed often. No CFL QB has come close to that.

In fact, if QB's stayed healthy, Kevin Glenn would have been out of the league long ago as he has mostly been used as an injury replacement.

Anonymous said...

How long till the Schmos choke like the Stumps last year.

Reilly won't make the season...then it's season over

Anonymous said...

Insider info via TSN website. Nobody outside of Saskatchewan had any interest in Adams. I think 2 3rd rounders is too steep a price. Not only that but it sets the bar considerably higher for Franklin.

Anonymous said...

Adams started 3 games last year and won all 3 of them. Including the one against Darian Durant here is SK. What else can you ask a 23 year old rookie QB to do upon his chance.

Rider Prider

Anonymous said...

Adams started 3 games last year and won all 3 of them. Including the one against Darian Durant here is SK. What else can you ask a 23 year old rookie QB to do upon his chance.

Rider Prider