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Thursday, December 21, 2017

RIDERS EXTEND BRIDGE


REGINA - Quarterback Brandon Bridge took certainty over the potential of more money.

The native of Mississauga, Ont., signed a one-year extension with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Wednesday. Bridge was eligible to become a free agent in February.

"It actually feels good to know where I'm going to be at in 2018,'' Bridge said during a news conference. "I just wanted to be somewhere that actually wanted me.

"Obviously in free agency some teams may want you and some teams may not. Saskatchewan really showed their love and their dedication of trying to get me back early throughout the year ... that was kind of like a big part of it, by having that type of love. I wanted to be in an environment where I was comfortable.''

The 25-year-old was 92-of-138 passing for 1,236 yards and 10 TDs and four interceptions this season with Saskatchewan. He started one game, a 27-19 road win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Bridge finished 21-of-31 passing for 231 yards and three TDs in becoming the first Canadian quarterback to throw three touchdowns in a game since Calgary's Greg Vavra did so in 1984.

Bridge served as veteran Kevin Glenn's backup with Saskatchewan last season, his third in the CFL. He began his Canadian career in 2015 with Montreal before being released on Aug. 1, 2016.

He signed with Saskatchewan nine days later.

"It is a real positive to get Brandon under contract for next season so we can continue to build with our core group of players,'' Chris Jones, Saskatchewan's head coach/GM, said in a statement. "Brandon is a good young quarterback who has shown a lot of growth.

"A player with his size, athletic ability and competitive drive has unlimited potential.''

Jeremy O'Day, the Riders assistant vice-president of football operations, said the club is hopeful Bridge can continue to develop and ultimately become the club's starter.

"He's kind of taken a progression, a step forward this year where he's got an opportunity to play more,'' O'Day said. "Now it's just about getting more of an opportunity and trying to do it on a consistent basis because what the game's all about is playing with consistency.''

Bridge said in his exit meeting with Jones the Riders' coach emphasized the importance of leadership at the quarterback position and fully understanding situations on the field.

"My big-play ability can get us in some great opportunities but it can also put us in second and forever,'' Bridge said. "It's the maturity thing.


"Sometimes it's good to check the ball down and live another day or throw the ball away. Sometimes it's time to put on your Superman cape and make a play.''

(Canadian Press)

19 comments:

Clay P said...

This is GREAT NEWS.

CLAY P

Anonymous said...

Now that he has signed, he needs to mature big time this year. His decision making, his accuracy in throws and the way he thinks he can scramble around and scramble around needs to get better. I think he can do it though, this year will define him quite a bit.

CJ Evans said...

THIS is excellent news! Glad to hear it for both the team and Bridge!

Anonymous said...

This is good news.

Anonymous said...

Good news. Probably one year because when the new CBA comes down Canadian QBs may be ratio busters. Wait and see.

Anonymous said...

Nice....too bad not for 2 years...but still NICE!! I really think as the starter and getting more experience and maturing at the position he can be a star in this league. Good job Mr. Jones!

Scott Thompson said...

Great job coach Jones! Here’s to continued growth and success.

Anonymous said...

I hope Jones does like Trestman did with Ricky Ray in 2017 and announces that Bridge is the team's starter for 2018 and goes all-in. Starting now and through raining camp, let him prepare as the team's starter and good things will surely follow. Hopefully he will also end up with Duron Carter to throw to.

Anonymous said...

An early Christmas present!

IMAGIRL

Anonymous said...

I just hope Jones uses him as a Starter right off the bat. I think Glenn should become the back up because of Bridge's age, size and speed.

Anonymous said...

This is excellent news. Now BB needs a qualified coach or two, a qb coach and an offensive coordinator, let’s whackadoo McAdoo

Anonymous said...

They all want your job rod. Haha. Work after football.

Anonymous said...

Are you really comparing bridge to ricky ray?

Anonymous said...


Great interview with Bridge today. Beat the Green Zone-----AGAIN! That isn't really hard to do though!

CM said...

Good for Bridge and the team. Bridge is an intelligent guy and yours and Sharkey's questions were good. Scruffy asking the dumb questions. No one cares about CIS QB's. Most fasn don't and CFLK head coaches and GM's don't. Bridge is an NCAA talent. Has Scruffy watched Buckley play? In 99% of cases CIS QB's cant play with NCAA QB's that's life. Bridge happens to be the 1%. Should have asked him when Jones gave him the big pitch after the season ended what was said? Did Bridge's side say are we starting? Or why didn't we start? Whats happening with KG? Also has he spoken to Duron whats he up to? At least Sharkey asked about the GMen tryout. What did they have him do and what did the Gmen want to see from him to give him a real shot. Is that why he only signed 1 year? also congrats to your producer Buster Riles. Seems like a very intelligent young guy goes to a bigger market good for him.

Anonymous said...

This is a good signing he has potential but he still has a lot of work to go. They should be getting a QB coach. I like that he'll take off but there were a few times I held my breath as he could get creamed doing that to much. He needs to keep progressing and I sense he wants it bad enough so this is a good fit for him. A Canadian QB is a good thing for this league.

Anonymous said...

I agree with giving him a chance to be the starter. But we shouldn't expect him to win a Grey Cup his first year doing so. With the whole country rooting for him (and Buckley) to succeed, we need to allow Bridge to grow at a pace that is best for him. For the good of the Riders and the league.
LF

Anonymous said...

So, if we shouldnt expect him to win a grey cup this year, that means that in year 3 of the rebuild we still have a major gap at the most important position on the field. Can you say BUNGLE?

Anonymous said...

I'll second that BUNGLE.