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Riders QB Smith Among Final Cuts

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced their final cuts on Sunday Afternoon ahead of the CFL’s mandated cut-down time.

Among the group was veteran Quarterback Brett Smith, who made eight starts for the Green and White last season.

Also released was former Huskie defensive lineman Tim Agbaje.

The Riders are now on a bye week and won’t suit up until Thursday June 30th when they host the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium.

Here is the complete list of the Rider’s roster moves:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the following roster moves:



  • National offensive lineman Kadeem Adams
  • National defensive back Troy Adams
  • National defensive lineman Tim Agbaje
  • International offensive lineman Tre’Von Armstead
  • International wide receiver Damarr Aultman
  • International running back Terrance Cobb
  • International defensive back Victor Dean Jr.
  • International wide receiver Clarence Denmark
  • International defensive back Marquis Drayton
  • International running back Michael Dyer
  • International wide receiver Qudarius Ford
  • National linebacker Dillon Grondin
  • International defensive back Tyree Hollins
  • National wide receiver Kyle Kawamoto
  • National offensive lineman Aaron Picton
  • National wide receiver Randy Roseway
  • International linebacker Marte Sears
  • International quarterback Brett Smith
  • International defensive back Xavier Walker
  • International defensive lineman Markus White

Rider Re-Cap – Roster Moves, Work-Out Recaps

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following transactions:

Add to the Roster
International offensive lineman Marcus Hall (#51 – 6.05/315 – Ohio State)
International quarterback Phillip Sims (#19 – 6.04/220 – Winston Salem State)
International receiver Devrin Young (#87 – 5.08/175 – Tennessee)

Delete From Roster
International receiver Marcus Davis
National linebacker Marvin Golding
International quarterback Jacob Huesman
International receiver Alec Lemon

Rider Recap Day Five + Green And White Day Details

The following is the Day 5 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.


International defensive back Victor Dean Jr. (6’4 – 210 – Portland State)

Did not participate:
Dylan Ainsworth (day-to-day)
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
Marcus Davis (day-to-day)
Johnny Dixon (day-to-day)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Jordan Reaves (day-to-day)
Matt Vonk (6 game injured list)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

The players hit the Griffiths Stadium turf for Day 5 of training camp for one two-hour session.

The practice was fast paced with a definite focus on game like situations. Time was spent red zone situations, last minute drives, and some intricacies within the CFL game.

Rookie returner Qudarius Ford brought the morning crowd alive with a long punt return touchdown that included impressive breakaway speed.

Rider Camp Recap Day 4

The following is the Day 4 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.


National long snapper Jorgen Hus

Did not participate:
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
John Chiles (day-to-day)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

The Riders returned to the field for Day 4 of training camp and the intensity from the players continued.

The competition was fierce as players spent a large chunk of the first practice engaged in one-on-one blocking and tackling drills.

Second year receiver Nic Demski hauled in a deep pass from rookie quarterback Jacob Huesman before sprinting over 75 yards for a huge gain during the team period.


Get Your Ticket Here: Riders Unveil Farewell Season Plans-Single Tickets On-Sale

Rider fans will have one last chance to experience historic Mosaic Stadium when single game tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 1st. With anticipation for the Farwell Season, a new coaching staff and an influx of talented new players, the Roughriders have announced an initial list of celebrations and game day themes.

The Farewell Season will pay tribute to countless memories and the rich history of Mosaic Stadium. Each home game fans will celebrate the great teams, players, special moments, traditions and everything else that made Mosaic Stadium magnificent! The season will be broken down into historic themes with each game and the preceding week focusing on a specific decade, such as the 60s, 70s, or 80s. The GoodLife pre-game Fan Fest will also come alive with music from those decades and alumni autographs.

The Farewell Season will launch with a special pre-game Kickoff Party in Regina City Plaza and Victoria Park on June 30th from noon to 4pm. Some season highlights will include a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Grey Cup Champions on July 16th, where the Riders will welcome back and honour members of that championship team. On August 13th, we’ll look back at the 80s, including the ’89 Grey Cup Champs, and on Sept 24th fans we’ll celebrate the 2000s including the ‘07 Grey Cup Champions.

Rider Fan Day on Sept 3rd will include the traditional team introduction and autograph session as well as a Legends Flag football game where some of your heroes will be taking the field at Mosaic one last time. The next day the heroes of today will take the field for the final Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium.

A must see game will come on October 22nd as the Riders celebrate the 2013 Grey Cup Championship Game, which many would argue is Mosaic Stadium’s greatest moment.

“We have called this facility home for many decades. More than a generation of fans have grown up here, cheered Rider legends and witnessed some incredible moments. It’s been a gathering place for our province, where we have met new friends and played host to our nation.” Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Craig Reynolds continues, “Over the course of this season, we will re-live some special moments and create new ones. We’ll bring back some of your favourite players and we’ll all enjoy the incredible energy of this historic facility one last time.”

Each week Rider Media will be counting down the great moments in Mosaic Stadium history, publishing stories, sharing historic images and broadcasting interviews with Rider greats. In-stadium, fans will be treated to video tributes and visits from some of your all-time favourite Rider Legends.

Rider Camp Day Three

The following is the Day 3 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.


National fullback Spencer Moore

Number change:
Dillon Grondin is now wearing #76 and has moved to linebacker

Did not participate:
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
John Chiles (day-to-day)
Jorgen Hus (suspended – personal)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Jonathan Newsome (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

National linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo

Rider Camp Day 2

The following is the Day 2 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.


International defensive lineman Tony Criswell (6’8 – 250 – Missouri)
International running back Johnta Hebert (5’10 – 195 – Prairie View)
International defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome (6’3 – 247 – Ball State)

Did not participate:
Jorgen Hus (suspended – personal)
Spencer Moore (personal)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

National defensive back Kwame Adjei
International running back Malcom Cyrus

Day two of training camp was another spirited day as the players put the pads on for the first time. The intensity seemed to rise to another level again. All turn to the trenches as the offensive and defensive lineman engaged in one on one battles.

With the pace of the day high, first year Rider Head Coach Chris Jones was pleased to get through the required reps under the allotted time.

First-year receiver Qudarius Ford got a reaction from the morning crowd as he made an impressive diving catch to haul in a 40-yard reception for the would-be touchdown.

The defence answered back as rookie defensive back Marte Sears broke up what appeared to be a sure catch with a flying Superman like leap.

“The good thing is there has been changes but we have a lot of guys that have played in the league, so it is not like you are starting with a bunch of rookies. We do have first year guys but we also have a lot of veterans that have played and won and been very good players. It’s kind of like mixing fuel for a two-stroke. You have to mix it just right or it will smoke.” General Manager/Head Coach Chris Jones.

Riders Add To Camp Roster: Bolster D-Line

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome has signed with the team. As per club policy details of the contract were not disclosed.

Newsome (6’3 – 247) joins the Riders after spending the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after the team selected him in the 5th round (164th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. Through two seasons, the 25-year-old Cleveland, Ohio native played 30 regular season games, with three starts, where he collected 47 combined tackles, 7.5 quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles.

Last season, the Ball State product played 14 regular season games, registering 19 defensive tackles,

Riders Put Pen To Paper: Add Non-Contract Invites To Camp Roster

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international offensive lineman Xavier Fulton has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Fulton (6’4 – 300) re-joins the Riders after becoming a free agent in February. The 30-year-old Illinois product spent the previous four seasons with the Green and White after originally being acquired from the Edmonton Eskimos in an April, 2012 trade.

Fulton has started all 65 career regular season games played at left tackle after appearing in all 18 games last season. He has also added four career playoff games and won his first Grey Cup with the Riders in 2013.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce the signing of four players from the 2016 CFL Draft class.

Kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk,

Riders Announce Camp Times

Saskatchewan Roughrider 2016 Training Camp officially opens on Sunday, May 29th at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. All times are approximate and subject to change.

9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50 and 11:35-11:45)
12:30 pm Players and coaches available to media

9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50 and 11:35-11:45)
12:30 pm Players and coaches available to media

9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50)
11:15 am Players and coaches available to media