Category Archives: CFL

Riders Add A Pair And Welcome Displaced Free Agents

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international offensive lineman Tre’Von Armstead and international wide receiver Victor Dean Jr. have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Armstead (6’7 – 311) signs with the Riders after spending the previous four seasons at Baylor University. The 21-year-old Port Arthur, Texas native played 27 career collegiate games. He also spent time at tight-end registering five receptions for 62 yards.

Dean (6’4 – 210) joins the Green and White after playing one season at Portland State, registering 23 receptions for 521 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. Prior to that, the 23-year-old California native spent two seasons at Fresno State where he played 16 collegiate games and collected 32 receptions for 404 yards and four touchdowns.

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Riders Welcome New Logo: New RB

The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club officially unveiled an updated logo today. The original logo was developed in 1985 and has essentially remained unchanged for over 30 years.

“The timing was right for us to refresh and update our logo as we begin a new jersey partnership with adidas, and prepare to move into new Mosaic Stadium,” noted Riders Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing, Gregg Sauter. “While the changes are subtle, the logo more accurately reflects our official colour scheme with a clean and modern feel, while still maintaining the iconic image.”

There are four main changes made to the logo:
• Inside liner has been eliminated
• Three inside horizontal lines are now straight instead of staggered
• Shortened tail on the ‘S’ which is now equally balanced with the top
• Silver has been replaced with white

WOW! Rider Make-Over Continues Dressler – Chick Cut

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive end John Chick and international receiver Weston Dressler have been released by the team.

“Decisions like these are never easy but we felt it was necessary in order for us to move forward and better position ourselves as a football team,” stated Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach, Chris Jones. “We spoke with each player and their respective agents at length in an attempt to negotiate more cap friendly contracts but unfortunately could not reach satisfactory agreements.”

Chick spent six seasons with the Riders after originally joining the team in 2007. After winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2009, Chick embarked on a three year NFL career. He returned to the Green and White in 2013 where he spent the next three seasons. Chick ranks fourth in Riders all-time quarterback sacks with 53. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion having won in 2007 and 2013.

Dressler joined the Riders in 2008 and went on to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award. Through eight seasons Dressler surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving mark five times. He sits third in Riders all-time receiving yards with 7,797 and fifth in all-time receiving touchdowns with 50. He won his first career Grey Cup in 2013.

More Moves In Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced national receiver S.J. Haidara, international offensive lineman Jarriel King, national defensive back Kwame Adjei, national offensive lineman Aaron Picton and national running back Brandon Deschamps have all signed with the team. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Haidara (6’1 – 215) will return for his fourth CFL season and second with the Riders after joining the team in June, 2015. Last season, the 26-year-old played nine regular season games picking up eight receptions for 58 yards and one special teams tackle.

Haidara has played 43 career regular season games through his first four years after originally being selected by the BC Lions in the 2nd round (12th overall) in the 2013 CFL Draft.

King (6’5 – 315) was acquired by the Riders last week in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts. The 28-year-old South Carolina product played three regular season games for the Argonauts in 2015. Through three seasons with the Argos, King has played 29 regular season games, with 26 starts, spending time at guard and tackle.

Both Haidara and King were eligible to become free agents on February 9th.

Adjei (6’1 – 205) signs with the Riders after playing five collegiate seasons at Mount Allison. The 22-year-old Brampton, ON native picked up 176 total defensive tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, and eight interceptions in 40 career regular season games.

Riders Name Coaching Staff

Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones has announced eight additions to the team’s coaching staff.

Joining Chris Jones on the Riders staff will be:

Stephen McAdoo – Offensive coordinator & assistant head coach
Craig Dickenson – Special teams coordinator
Jarious Jackson – Quarterbacks coach & passing game coordinator
Mike Scheper – Offensive line coach
Phillip Lolley – Linebackers coach
Jason Shivers – Defensive backs coach
Ed Philion – Defensive line coach
Craig Davoren – Running backs coach & special teams assistant

Out With The Old – In With The New In Riderville

Today the Saskatchewan Roughriders introduced their new football operations staff.

The team then quickly went about remaking the roster. Here’s the official word:

Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones has announced his football operations staff.

Joining Jones in the front office will be assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel, John Murphy.

Murphy joins the Riders after spending eight seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, originally joining the team during their 2008 Grey Cup winning season. He joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as director of player personnel for the 2009 season before returning to the Stampeders where he spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager and director of player personnel.

Long serving Roughrider, Jeremy O’Day remains with the club after being named assistant vice president of football operations and administration.

O’Day originally joined the Riders front office in 2011 as a football operations coordinator after playing 202 regular season games through 12 seasons with the team. He has spent the last four seasons as assistant general manager and director of football operations. Last year, O’Day was named interim vice-president of football operations and general manager where he remained for the final nine games of the 2015 regular season.

Out with the old:

GREY CUP 103: To The Point: Edmonton 26 – Ottawa 20

PRE-GAME:

Not sure that I can handle the hours of pre-game coverage but James Duthie should be on the network as much as they can get him. He is outstanding!

I love the Insiders statements that TSN produces for both the NHL and CFL. However, I really think that the insiders are really trying hard on this segment. They are speculating on their speculations. Saying that Chris Jones may go to Saskatchewan and if he does Jason Maas may go to Edmonton. There are a lot of ifs and buts in that statement.

One interesting note to come out of their discussion was that Toronto will play with 17 yard end zones at BMO Field next year. What a joke! Truthfully they should just fold the Argos now and see if TSN or Bell or whomever would invest in a team in Atlantic Canada.

Can anyone tell me what Brian Williams adds to this broadcast? The league is trying to cater to a younger audience. They have to have younger hosts!

That being said Williams did grill the commissioner pretty good. Thought it was interesting how the Commish downplayed the ratings basically saying that TV was outdated. I’m sure network executives are cringing! Not to mention one of nine owners in the league.

I guess we can call it the Saskatchewan Roughriders affect. Neither team will be individually introduced before the game. The Riders blew it up prior to Grey Cup 101 when they elected to come out as a team. To me the player introductions are a cool part of the game. Too bad I guess.

Riders Deal Mess!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded national running back Jerome Messam and the fifth round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft acquired earlier in the day to the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for national kicker Tyler Crapigna, a 3rd round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft, and the rights to a negotiation list player.

Crapigna (5’7” – 166) was originally drafted by the Stampeders in the fifth round (40th overall) in the 2014 CFL Draft. The McMaster product graduated as the CIS all-time leader in field goals with 84.

To Saskatchewan:
National kicker Tyler Crapigna
3rd round selection in 2016 CFL Draft
Negotiation list player

To Calgary:
National running back Jerome Messam
5th round selection in 2016 CFL Draft (acquired by Riders from Montreal on Oct. 14)

Glenn Gone From Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded international quarterback Kevin Glenn to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft.

Glenn signed with the Riders as a free agent last February. In nine games this season, Glenn has completed 171 of 257 pass attempts for 2,174 yards and nine touchdowns with ten interceptions.

To Saskatchewan:
5th round selection in 2016 CFL Draft

To Montreal:
International quarterback Kevin Glenn

Riders Clean House

Numerous CFL sources are confirming that the Saskatchewan Roughriders have relieved Head Coach Corey Chamblin and General Manager Brendan Taman from their duties.

The axe fell earlier this evening after new CEO Craig Reynolds met with the pair.

Details of that meeting are not known. However, Special teams Co-ordinator Bob Dyce is expected to take over as Head Coach on an Interim Basis while Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day will fill the role held by Taman.