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Monday, July 2, 2018

BRIDGE TO START AGAINST TICATS


REGINA - After a day off the field following Saturday's 23-17 home loss to the Montreal Alouettes, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were back on the field Monday with an open practice.

Here are some notes:

- QB Brandon Bridge ran the first team offense and afterwards Head Coach Chris Jones revealed that Bridge will start Thursday's home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7:00 pm, TSN, 620 CKRM Radio Network). This regime has consistently shown they don't give up on people despite a rough outing.

- Bridge told reporters that it stung to get pulled at halftime on Saturday, but respects Jones' ability to make that decision. He said he received a flood of calls and texts from other CFL quarterbacks after Saturday's game including Kevin Glenn and Hall of Famer Damon Allen. He vowed to be better in his next start.

- Regarding the drop by tailback Marcus Thigpen on a 50-yard pass on the Riders' opening offensive play, Bridge said, "I don't think it rattled me, but it definitely hurt."

- Chris Jones mixed and matched his DBs on Monday with Crezdon Butler, Ed Gainey, Duron Carter and Christion Jones all seeing time on the corner. The Coach said Christion Jones played CB at Alabama and has "been in big games". Duron Carter saw action on offense on Monday as well.

- Asked why leading rusher Jerome Messam didn't see action on offense in Week 3, Jones said he's preserving the veteran back for the long haul of the season.

- The Riders added former NFL DB Matt Elam (Baltimore) on Monday. The Florida product spent four seasons with the Ravens but has battled some legal issues. Chris Jones said they ran the signing of Elam by CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, and were given the green light.

- Duron Carter said he's enjoying the challenge of playing cornerback but admitted he didn't have as much fun playing on Saturday as he usually does. He said the team needs to get back to its positive, energetic nature, and having fun playing the game.

Regarding the Objectionable Conduct penalty he received in the fourth quarter, Duron took offense to that.

"The ref's saying I grabbed him and all this stuff. I just want to see it," Carter huffed. "Everybody's out there playing hard, talking smack and pushing. Some guys are out there kicking. I just gotta keep playing hard. If that's how the refs want to keep on playing the game, they should get a flag. I just gotta keep playing hard."

- The Riders have released QB Jeremy Johnson.

- The Roughriders will have a closed practice on Tuesday for Day 2.

RP
@rodpedersen

7 comments:

SWC said...

QB Jeremy Johnson, signed June 28th rele4ased July 2nd. What gives???

Football Fan said...

@SWC
We signed a new player, a DB, so we had to cut someone to make room. Who would you have cut? This guy was only an emergency fill in anyway and he was always going to be gone soon.

I must say that I'm a lot happier with Bridge's interview today. He seemed more centered and humble. I'm sure that game was a wakeup call for him and he seems to have had a noticeable attitude adjustment.

CM said...

@SWC that's just Jones as a GM. He thinks 2 inches in front of his face. Good coach, but too helter skelter to be a solid GM. Well if they can bring in Elam why cant they bring back Justin Cox. That guy was an awesome CB and his rap sheet isn't any worse then Elams.

John Knight said...

Players are not paid to "HAVE FUN" They are paid very well to do a job!!! Also Carter deliberately ran into the receiver after the play and deserved the penalty. This guy is a hot head and should be close to being traded or released because of his antics.

@mrt_man said...

HERE'S HOPING THAT BRIDGE CAN HAVE A SOLID OUTTING.

IT WOULD BE TOUGH FOR THE TEAM TO BE MUCH WORSE THAN THAT MONTREAL GAME.

TOUGH TO MAKE TOO MANY CHANGES WITH THE SHORT WEEK.

3RD and 1 said...

I agree that remaining positive after a loss is important. Let’s hope Brandon is not just projecting that for the media. Hopefully he truly feels the same inside. Any competitive QB has a bounce back game.
“Humble” Well you were pulled at the half in the last game against the worst team in the league. You best be humble.
The only way Bridge even gets a chance to put any points on the board. Is when the Riders O-Line plays like they can. If they play as poorly as they did in Ottawa and against Montreal. Forget it! No QB can compete in that circumstance.
So Lucky Toronto was our 1st game. As they were even less prepared than we were. So far when the going gets tough. We’ve only seen the bad Riders. Let’s see the competitive Riders that put the pedal to the metal.
I understand what Chris Jones is going for. He wants the team playing it’s best football and to be as healthy as can be come the last 3rd of the season. However if you don’t have enough victories to make the playoffs. It feels pretty low! Just ask Hamilton how last year felt.

3RD and 1 said...

CM... Just an FYI. Matt Elam does not have a Rap sheet. Justin Cox physically hit women. Matt was arrested for grabbing his iPhone. Of which the charges were dropped.
Do any of you fans who like to point fingers actually read up on the person. Elam dosent have a record. Justin Cox will never play pro football again.
Also Chris Jones has 2 men working for him and with him in the front office. John Murphy and Jeremy Oday. They are a huge part of the decision making. They make the GM position that much better and easier for Jones.
I swear that so many Rider fans hear something and then they run with it. Never checking to see if the information can be verified.