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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS FOR ROUGHRIDERS

Dakoda Shepley on Tuesday
REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to the field on Tuesday for the first time since Saturday's 31-0 loss at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Riders had a new face on the field - offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley - after announcing they'd signed their 2018 first round pick to a practice roster agreement earlier in the day. Shepley was one of the last cuts by the New York Jets coming out of NFL training camps.

Riders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones said that's some good news the team could use this week.

"Yeah," Jones agreed. "We drafted him where we drafted him for a reason. We feel like he's a very good football player and look forward to seeing what he brings to our football team."

Shepley had been waiting at home for the Riders and his agent to work out a deal, and that's what led to the UBC product getting into Regina this week.

"As you know, I got released by the Jets," Shepley reported. "I was looking for an opportunity and Sask called. If there's an opportunity to come and play here, I'm going to take it. I'm not one to turn down an opportunity to play football."

The bad news is that Chris Jones announced a long list of significant injuries coming out of the Winnipeg game.

Gone for the year are OG Dariusz Bladek and DT Mic'hael Brooks. C Dan Clark will be gone for "an extended period". DB Matt Elam is expected to miss Saturday's game at Calgary. DT Zack Evans didn't practice on Tuesday, but is expected to play against the Calgary Stampeders.

Jones said WR Naaman Roosevelt is "out" and it'll be close whether or not he'll be available for the CFL playoffs.

As far as Saturday's loss to the Blue Bombers goes, quarterback Zach Collaros felt the reason for the sound defeat is simple.

"First and foremost, don't turn the football over," Collaros said. "Continue to get completions and first downs. It's no secret that we didn't play well, and that starts with me. We're moving on. We watched the film, we were critical about it, and we're going to learn and get better."

The Riders visit the Calgary Stampeders Saturday at 5:00 on TSN and the 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network.

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Here's the team's list of transactions from Tuesday morning:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the following roster moves:

ADDED TO PRACTICE ROSTER:

RELEASED FROM PRACTICE ROSTER: 
  • National defensive back Tristan Doughlin
  • National full back Oumar Toure

Shepley was selected by the Riders in the first-round (5th overall) of the 2018 CFL Draft. The 23-year-old, University of British Columbia product recently attended training camp with the New York Jets after originally signing with the team in April, 2018.     

6 comments:

Football Fan said...

Huge, HUGE, news! And very interesting about Adusei as well. I wonder if he asked to come back? Jones seems to be open to that kind of thing. He's a pre-law student so he's a bright guy. Maybe he's rededicated himself and wants to give it another shot?

SWC said...

Probably won't help immediately but could be huge in the long term. Good signing!

Football Fan said...

So, the twist here seems to be that he’s on the PR but hasn’t signed a regular contract, so that he can keep his options open for later this year and perhaps for the AAF as well. This is not as good as I first thought but still good. He wasn’t that close to making the Jets and I think at this point he should go the Brett Jones route and play in the CFL for a couple years and develop his body and game and then try the NFL again. When he starts practicing with our players hopefully he will see that our guys are pretty good and he still has a lot of developing to do, and that he can do it here. He may still not sign with us this year, however, so he can go to the AAF next year and then come to us afterwards, assuming he can do that. We know that the AAF will have an NFL out clause and I’m assuming it will apply to the CFL as well, but I don’t think I’ve seen that confirmed.

@mrt_man said...

I'M KINDA SURPRISED ADUSEI CAME BACK... KINDA THOUGHT HE WAS OUT BAD AFTER JONES FLAMED HIM AFTER THE PRE-SEASON GAME. FORGET THE EXACT QUOTE... SOMETHING A GUY LIKE ADUSEI CLAIMS THAT HE WANTS TO MAKE OUR FOOTBALL TEAM AND THEM MISSES BLOCK AFTER BLOCK AND GETS OUR QUARTERBACK LIT UP. THAT'S NOT HOW YOU DO THAT.... OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT...

ROUGH TO HAVE SO MANY INJURIES ON THE LINE... HOPEFULLY HE CAN HANG

Dex YQR said...

Practice roster agreement? Does that mean he can sign/play anywhere if he gets an offer?

Football Fan said...

Very good scrum yesterday with lots of good questions by everyone. Lots of information gleaned. Shepley confirmed that he signed a practice roster agreement and not a full contract, for lack of a better term. This is an unusual situation and there are lots of interesting subtleties to it. One big benefit to it is that it's a whole lot better to have him working out with the team than sitting at home waiting for an NFL call, and Shepley did later say that he wants to play, so we may well yet see him on the roster in a couple of weeks.