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Friday, September 22, 2017

FRIDAY RIDER UPDATE


The Roughriders held their final full practice of the week on Friday as they prepare to host the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday (2:00 pm, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network).  Here are some notes:

- Head Coach & GM Chris Jones reported returner Marcus Thigpen will miss this game with an injury sustained last week in Hamilton.

- Rookie returner Christion Jones will return to the roster to return punts after missing the past handful of games with injury.

- Jones confirmed WR Duron Carter WILL play after healing sufficiently from an ankle injury suffered in Hamilton.

- There are online reports that the Riders have re-signed veteran returner Joe Craig.

- Lineman Derek Dennis said the Riders aren't specifically after redemption after falling 37-20 in Calgary in July. He said they simply want to put forth a much better showing than they did in that game. Dennis also said he's enjoyed the move to guard from left tackle because it allows him to be much more physical.

- Chris Jones said that although Stamps running back Jerome Messam listed himself as a game time decision with a neck injury, he expects Messam will play on Sunday.

- This is Plaza weekend and Rider greats Wes Cates and Roger Brandvold were inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame on Friday evening. Chris Jones said it's a "big honour" to represent the Rider organization and he stressed to the players this game's historical importance.

- Cates and Brandvold were also honoured at a noon brunch at the Ramada and the event featured CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.  Ambrosie told the crowd he's honoured to be in attendance for the weekend and said New Mosaic Stadium is a "cathedral to our game".

- Rider President Craig Reynolds spoke as well and joked that the Riders are 2-0 when Ambrosie attends a game in Regina.

- The Riders will hold a walk-through Saturday at 10:30 am at Mosaic Stadium.

RP
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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good to see Joe Craig back so that he can compliment teammates Christian Jones, Marcus Thigpen, Chad Owens, Greg Morris, Duron Carter, Nic Demsky and Jacoby Ford as all first rate return men. Great to see the roster grow larger and deeper as Jones continues to build toward a future Grey Cup Championship team.

Anonymous said...

It'll be a tough physical game but Calgary has not been as dominant as other years. I believe the Riders win the game but they have to eliminate the penalties. Calgary seems to be able to capitalize on other teams mistakes. No brain cramps allowed this game.

Anonymous said...

Good for Wes Cates. He was a work horse.

Doovy 49 said...

Would love to see Gainey intercept Bo Levi. At least once.

Greensoup said...

I would love to see BO on his ass 6 times and at least 4 interceptions, do it Riders

This Guy said...

In honour of Wes, the riders will run the entire run game playbook when Wes was playing.....Cates up the middle

@mrt_man said...

HAHAHA CATES UP THE MIDDLE!... REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD A GREAT O LINE AND THAT WAS A WILDLY SUCCESSFUL PLAY... THOSE WERE THE DAYS. . . OK MAYBE THERE WAS A FEW CLUNK FALL OVERS ON THAT PLAY TOO, BUT ENOUGH TIME HAS GONE BY THAT I AM GOING TO CHOOSE TO REMEMBER IT FONDLY.

Anonymous said...

BC losing should be incentive enough to play to win. Just win baby.

Anonymous said...

Riders Grey Cup Champs lol lol lol lol lol

Anonymous said...

Two comments. Is having 8 returners the way to build a GC winner, especially when at least 4 of them would be used strictly in that role? Secondly if Stamps are less dominant than prior years @ 10-1-1, how do you rate dominance? 10 wins are 10 wins no matter how. 3 blowouts the Riders had are just 3 wins. You don't get bonus points in the standings. You don't lose extra points for the 3 blowout losses.

Anonymous said...

Not taking anything away from Calgary for winning games, just saying they do look like a team that can be beat. Their one loss was to Montreal who I believe is now last in the league.Maybe Calgary will beat the Riders up big time but it feels like Calgary is due for a loss. .