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Riders Make Final Cuts After Blow-out Loss

The Pre-Season didn’t end the way the Saskatchewan Roughriders envisioned. The Green and White were blown out 42-10 in B.C. in their final tune-up on Friday night.

Following the game the Riders announced a number of roster moves:

ADDED TO PRACTICE ROSTER:

  • International wide receiver Antwane Grant
  • National defensive lineman Makana Henry
  • National offensive lineman Eddie Meredith
  • International defensive lineman D.J. Pettway
  • National defensive back Denzel Radford
  • National wide receiver Joshua Stanford
  • International linebacker Myke Tavarres

 

SUSPENDED:

  • National offensive lineman Emmanuel Adusei
  • National linebacker Alexandre Chevrier
  • International defensive back Ahmad Fulwood
  • National wide receiver Mitchell Picton

 

RELEASED:

  • International defensive back Royce Adams
  • International running back Anthony Allen
  • International quarterback Bryan Bennett
  • International defensive back Zavian Bingham
  • National defensive lineman Ivan Brown
  • International defensive back Crezdon Butler
  • International offensive lineman Terrence Campbell
  • International wide receiver Joe Craig
  • National linebacker Alexander Gagne
  • International defensive back Warren Gatewood
  • National linebacker Dillon Grondin
  • International offensive lineman Jarriel King
  • International wide receiver Thomas Mayo
  • International defensive lineman Greg Milhouse Jr.
  • International wide receiver Desmond Reece
  • National defensive lineman Jordan Reaves
  • International defensive back Mark Roberts
  • International wide receiver Jenson Stoshak
  • International running back Quincy Walden
  • International quarterback Vince Young

B-T Called To The Hall

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum’s stellar Class of 2017 features the Canadian Football League running back with the most consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, the game’s leading passer, one of its’ top tacklers, its all-time leading receiver, an Alberta football stalwart and a legendary university coach from Saskatchewan.

“Every class is special and this one is exemplary,” said Mark DeNobile, Executive Director of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (CFHOF), as he officially announced the names of this year’s inductees at a celebration event at the new Mosaic Stadium.

“The Inductees are Kelvin Anderson, Anthony Calvillo, Mike O’Shea and Geroy Simon in the player category. In the Builder category, long time administrator Stan Schwartz and recently retired Coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Brian Towriss have been selected.”

The introduction of the class is one of the highlights of Mark’s CFL Week, a new series of signature events that celebrate Canadian football and herald the approach of the upcoming Canadian Football League season, which kicks off this June. Formal induction ceremonies for this year’s CFHOF class will be held later this year, at the Hall of Fame game in Hamilton on September15th and during the week prior to the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in Ottawa.

Here’s a closer look at its members:

BRIAN TOWRISS, BUILDER

A former defensive tackle for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies,

Doubles Done In Saskatchewan?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded the CFL playing rights of international quarterback Darian Durant to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a fourth round selection (32nd overall) in the 2017 CFL Draft and a conditional 2nd round selection in the 2018 CFL Draft.

Durant spent the previous 11 seasons with the Green and White after originally joining the team ahead of the 2006 season. Through 157 career regular season games, the University of North Carolina product sits second among franchise quarterbacks with 3,519 attempts, 2,186 completions, and 28,136 yards while sitting third with 149 passing touchdowns.

The 34-year-old carries a 58-54-1 record in 113 career regular season starts.

He was named a West Division All-Star in 2009 and 2013 and is a two-time Grey Cup champion winning in 2007 and 2013.

Riders Sign Four…. No Durant

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the following roster moves:

SIGNED:
• International quarterback Bryan Bennett
• International offensive lineman Terrence Campbell
• International defensive lineman Kenny Horsley
• International wide receiver Thomas Mayo
Bennett (6’3 – 215) spent all of last season on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice roster after originally signing with the team in October, 2015. The 24-year-old previously spent two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana where he completed 358 of 643 pass attempts (55.6%) for 5,522 and 39 touchdowns while adding 320 carries for 1,715 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.

Campbell (6’3 – 308) joins the Riders after starting six games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2016. The 28-year-old South Carolina product spent the remainder of the season on the practice roster. After signing with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Campbell spent two seasons in the Arena Football League.

Riders Add National Pivot

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national quarterback Brandon Bridge. As per team policy, details of the contract were not released.

Bridge (6’5 – 225) is currently in his second CFL season after being selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the 4th round (31st overall) of the 2015 CFL Draft. Last season, the 24-year-old dressed for 11 regular season games completing 26 of 40 pass attempts (65.0%) for 282 yards and two touchdowns while adding 18 carries for 59 yards. The University of South Alabama product dressed for four 2016 games for the Al’s registering three carries for two yards.

Riders Ready To Celebrate Grey Cup Anniversary

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced details of the 1966 Grey Cup Championship reunion to be held July 16th, when the Riders take on the visiting B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium.

Throughout this year’s Farewell Season, the Riders will be celebrating the moments and memories that have made Mosaic Stadium special. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Grey Cup Championship, and to commemorate the occasion the Football Club will be welcoming back 17 members of the 1966 team, with a day full of events including a morning autograph session and half time ceremony to honour the players that brought the franchise and province its first Grey Cup championship.

What I Learned CFL Week 2: How Low Can The Bombers Go?

Another week has come and gone in the Canadian Football League with more “Only in the CFL” moments, some great plays and some not-so-great ones too. Here’s my view from week two:

Ottawa REDBLACKS 28 at Montreal Alouettes 13:
(2-0)                                        (0-2)

Very early on in this game another two major injuries one where a player needed to be stretchered off. Is it just me or does this seem like the norm for the CFL over the past couple of seasons? Just speculating but with starters, essentially, only getting a quarter or a half of pre-season football before being expected to put it all on the line in the regular season are they prepared to play? OR are they at risk not getting better acclimatized to “game speed.” Would a possible solution be to have every team play a third pre-season game (I know impossible with 9 teams) but play four games in neutral sites (Victoria, Saskatoon, Grande Prairie, London ON, Quebec City, Moncton, St. John’s, etc.) to build the brand and split the revenue.

To the game itself and Ottawa has not lost a step without Henry Burris at Quarterback. Trevor Harris looks as good if not better guiding the REDBLACKS offence. I wonder if Burris could be on the move before the end of the season. (Hello Winnipeg!)

The Montreal Alouettes seem to be void of identity. There seems to be a lot of individuals on the team. That being said I thought both the offensive and defensive lines performed admirable.

The difference in this game was simply that the REDBLACKS made more plays that the Als.

 

Toronto Argonauts 30 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 17:
(1-1)                                        (0-1)

The experts will agree that any given football game will come down to a handful of plays. This one may have come down to one very early in the first quarter. After an early score by Toronto the Riders moved the ball only to have the drive stopped on a 3rd and short by Toronto.

Riders Look To Make Lemonade In Deal

The rumblings out of Riderville were founded after all.

One day after the Riders dropped their opening game on Thursday to Toronto reports began to surface from inside the Rider lockeroom that free-agent signing Shawn Lemon was unhappy and asking for a trade.

Less than 24 hours later the Riders granted him his wish sending him to Toronto for a Canadian Offensive Lineman, and international Quarterback. The Riders also had to send a conditional draft pick to the Argos.

Lemon didn’t have to go far to join his new team as Toronto is staying in Regina this week preparing for their week three contest in B.C. on Thursday night.

Here is the full release from the Riders:

What I learned Week 1 CFL: The Beast And Shame Of The East?

Week one of the CFL season is in the books and judging by the play and the results there should be a lot of optimism in the East Division. Heck some social media-ites are already calling for an Eastern cross-over this year. Before we get ahead of ourselves let’s take a look at week one:

Hamilton 42 – Toronto 20

The Ti-Cats spoiled the party embarrassing Toronto in their BMO Field home-opener. To be fair the Argos did it up right bringing out some bring name to break in the new digs. The Ti-Cats, however, showed off their execution and mental sharpness in the dominating win. Don’t forget that this team is only going to get better with the return of Zach Collaros from the injured list, likely around Labour Day.

The only thing, in my mind, more embarrassing than the result for the Argos is that they could not sell-out BMO Field for game one. 24,812 took in the game, 188 shy of a sell-out. Could the Boatmen have not given those tickets away to fill the stands or more importantly create a demand for their tickets? It will be interesting to see how many take in game two after a thumping at home in week one.

Montreal 22 – Winnipeg 14

Well the power went out on the Bombers long before the lightning caused a 60 minute delay at Investors Group Field on Friday night. Winnipeg is in win or else mode, and they were definitely else. Free-agent signee Weston Dressler was taken out of the game after a vicious helmet to helmet hit. The loss of Dressler seemed to take the wind out of the offence’s sails. The O-Line could not open any holes for Winnipeg-native (only alluded to in the broadcast 20 times) Andrew Harris and when it came time to thrown the ball the only target that Drew Willy, who was under pressure all night, could find was Ryan Smith.

The Als overcame a red zone turnover early and did just enough to win with Kevin Glenn at the helm. His progression and the entire offence’s will be interesting to watch.

Ottawa 45 – Edmonton 27

Riders Add To Roster As Practice Resumes

The Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to the practice field yesterday after an opening week bye.

The Green and White will open the season against Toronto on Thursday night, the final home-opener at Mosaic Stadium.

The Riders made some roster shuffles over that time and made them official yesterday. Here are the official releases:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the following roster moves:

SIGNED TO ROSTER:
• National offensive lineman Dillon Guy
• National defensive back Raye Hartmann
• National defensive back Shane Herbert
• National defensive lineman Ese Mrabure-Ajufo

ACTIVATED FROM RETIRED LIST:
• International receiver Armanti Edwards

ADDED TO PRACTICE ROSTER:
• International running back Lache Seastrunk

• The Riders also announced they have added two territorial juniors to the practice roster. Defensive back Menedum Menegbo and wide receiver Kristopher Calcutt of the Regina Thunder will begin practicing with the team today.
TRANSFERRED FROM SUSPENDED TO DISABLED LIST:
• International defensive lineman Sammy Brown

– Shortly after originally signing in April, Brown suffered an off-field injury while training and was unable to attend training camp. He has reported to the team in order to continue rehabilitation.

RELEASED FROM PRACTICE ROSTER:
• International defensive lineman Tony Criswell

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international quarterbacks G.J. Kinne and Bryant Moniz have signed with the team. As per club policy details of the contracts were not disclosed.

Kinne (6’2 – 218) joins the Riders after spending parts of the last four seasons in the NFL. The Texas product originally signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in April, 2012 before going on to spend time with the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.

Last season, the 27-year-old attended training with the Eagles playing three preseason games. He went on to sign with the New York Giants practice squad where he remained for the season.