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Friday, November 10, 2017

LABATTE OUT, ROOSEVELT IN FOR ESF


REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders held a closed, indoor workout on Day 2 of their work week as they prepare for Sunday's Eastern Semifinal at Ottawa. Here are some notes:

- Head Coach & GM Chris Jones announced that Lineman of the Year Brendon Labatte will miss Sunday's game due to injury. Veteran Derek Dennis will play the Left Guard spot.

- Jones announced that WR Naaman Roosevelt will be in the lineup Sunday.

- Jones would not name a starting tailback for the game. Asked who will start, Jones smiled and said, "We'll see."

- Duron Carter will start at WR but may see time on defense as well.

- Punter Josh Bartel said there's a lot of hunger for a Grey Cup championship on this team. He said there was a meeting of the "Over 30" club on Thursday and that included 12 players. Many of them have never won a Grey Cup including Kevin Glenn, Peter Dyakowski, Bakari Grant and Bartel. Grant has been on the losing team in three of the last four Grey Cups.

- Bartel said he's particularly motivated to become the first Australian-born player to win a Grey Cup. He quipped that as it stands now, he's the only Australian to lose a Grey Cup, since he was on the 2013 Ticats who lost at Saskatchewan.

- Calgary LB Alex Singleton got the nod Thursday as the CFL West Division Most Outstanding Player nomination. He beat out Rider DB Ed Gainey for the award, prompting Gainey to Tweet, "I guess tackles are better than turnovers."

- The finalists for Coach of the Year were announced on Thursday as well. Calgary's Dave Dickenson represents the West against Toronto's Marc Trestman out of the East.

- The Riders will hold one final practice Friday morning before jetting to Ottawa in the afternoon. Chris Jones said it's yet to be determined whether they'll go indoors for the workout.

RP
@rodpedersen

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Certainly not DICK the DICK. He didn't improve his team! The team actually regressed.

Larry said...

How did Dickenson get coach vote when his team is mediocre compared to last year, limping into the playoff with a three game loosing streak??

Anonymous said...

We don't have the need to win "individual"awards, we were not built that way! We we're built on a foundation of "team". Team Saskatchewan Roughriders the name. A "team built to win CFL Championships! When all is said and done, that's all that matters! 2018 Grey Cup ours!

Go Roughriders!
Saskatchewan Roughriders

Anonymous said...

Let's Go Riders...play smart, no bad penalties that hurt your drives or extend theirs. Protect the QB and give him time to throw, the talented receivers will get open....Riders 34 - RedBlacks 18 !!

Anonymous said...

Should have been Jones and Trestman.

Anonymous said...

Usually coach of the year goes to the one who improves his team's performance over the previous year. I can think of 3 other western coaches who have done that.
And Gainey makes a valid point (no pun intended)
LF

Anonymous said...

- Jones would not name a starting tailback for the game. Asked who will start, Jones smiled and said, "We'll see."

DURON CARTER

@mrt_man said...

HERE'S HOPING THE RIDERS KICK SOME BUTT IN OTTAWA! WOULD LOVE TO FIND SOME OTHER GREEN FOLKS IN RNATION TO CELEBRATE WITH!

Anonymous said...

Let's just hope the Riders throw a suprize wrinkle at the REDBLACKS, Duron Carter slashing it up through the middle at rb for at least 4 touchdowns+.

Anonymous said...

Ottawa 33 riders 20 Book It ,last game of the year for 4th place riders next year country boys

Anonymous said...

Super excited for both games this Sunday any predictions from the riders faithful?

Anonymous said...

Riders win by 3 scores shocking the current grey cup champs. Winnipeg wins at home over the Esks in OT. Its just going to be fantastic!
Bart
Bart

Anonymous said...

Haha..!

Anonymous said...

To the third poster from the top......2018 Grey Cup ours?? What about 2017??

CM said...

Jones definitely COY. He had to start with crap and turn it into a team. As for the lineup, hoping Trent can go and then 1 of Thigpen and Owens is on the roster. You don't want a repeat of the Esks game where they kick to Morris and he loses you the game. At least Thigpen or Owens can make plays if they kick away from Christion Jones. Bridge better be ready to go even though Glenn has gone wire to wire vs Ottawa he barely beat Lindley and he lost at home although not all his fault. But KG's 4-7 playoff record says Bridge better be on the run way. #shortleash

Elaine said...

Let's win THE GREY CUP, forget about individual awards.

@mrt_man said...

I like your prediction... cuz then we wouldn't have to beat Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

Having the forever injured LaBatte out doesn't help a porous O-line.This guy can't stay healthy for 3 games in a row. Clearly his time is over. The Riders have depended all season on big plays to win, when they should be winning playing solid on both sides of the ball. Ottawa will run on them, and then slice and dice their secondary. Of course we all know what Glenn's record is in championship games. RedBlacks easy by 7+ points.

Anonymous said...

No matter who is up for coach of the year it does not matter because there is only one guy that truly deserves it...Trestman has pulled a miracle off in one year...didn't need two or three or more and it's simple as that. You all say Jones but I disagree and think even disagree with Dickinson. Even though everyone will point a finger at his antics but Jason Maas having the second most with injuries in Cfl history and having a 12 and 6 season with that says something. Jones had the most last year in Cfl history and was horrible which shows he isn't that supreme coach you all think he is.

Anonymous said...

Rod, we don't want to see you back in Regina until the Monday after Grey Cup! You know what that means. Pack lots of underarmour sweat/dress pants.

Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

Jason Maas get's JERK OF THE YEAR!

Anonymous said...

Jones can’t tell who the running back is you, it’s a secret. Go riders , Sweat, dress pants, i’ll Have to check those out. Ha ha

Anonymous said...

Good way to end career on top of your game if this is it LaBatte. Was the best O lineman in CFL this season.