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Rider Camp Recap Day 4

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

ROSTER MOVES

Activate:
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)

OVERVIEW
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.

PLAY OF THE DAY
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.

TOMORROW

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.

ROSTER MOVES

Activate:
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)

Released:
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.

ROSTER MOVES

Add:
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)

Released:
National defensive back Kwame Adjei
International running back Malcom Cyrus

OVERVIEW
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.

PLAYERS OF THE DAY
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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“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,

Day 1 Rider Training Camp – Lots Of Personnel Moves

ROSTER MOVES

The Riders made numerous roster moves on the eve of 2016 training camp. See below for the complete rundown.

Did not participate:
Jorgen Hus (suspended – personal)
Spencer Moore (personal)
Eric Norwood (injured)

OVERVIEW
Training camp opened with a flurry as the team officially hit the field for the first time in 2016. The tempo was high from the get-go as the coaching staff could be heard encouraging players to run to their spots and push the pace.

The first two-hour practice was followed by a 15-minute hydration break before finishing the days on field workout with another 45-minute session.

PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Veteran receiver John Chiles made several catches in tight coverage for the offence while veteran defensive back Derrius Brooks had several pass breakups for the defence.

Not to be outdone, rookie Canadians Jordan Reaves and Dillon Grondin had strong showings on day one.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I missed a couple of years because of injury and as hard as it is to believe, I still get really excited about training camp. When you have the game taken away from you for a moment, you appreciate how special it is and as you get older in your career it’s the small things that you appreciate even more. Training camp is the beginning of new opportunities, I can feel the excitement in the locker room and I’m ready to go” Receiver Rob Bagg.

FANS SHOW SUPPORT
A few hundred fans strolled into the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium on a beautiful May morning for the Riders first on field workouts of camp. The excitement was high as fans cheered loudly following a couple of big plays.

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.

SUNDAY, MAY 29th
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

MONDAY, MAY 30th
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

TUESDAY, MAY 31st
9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50)
11:15 am Players and coaches available to media

Dominguez And His Gutfriend Named To The Plaza

The Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee has announced two new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor as the class of 2016. This year Matt Dominguez and Ivan Gutfriend will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 120 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.

The cairn recognizing the Plaza of Honor inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.

The SaskTel Plaza of Honor Dinner is known as Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sports dinner and as a result has contributed over $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 16th in the Credit Union Eventplex at Evraz Place. Five seasons ago the Dinner was moved to the Eventplex in order to meet the demand for tickets and accommodate a larger audience. The space allows patrons the opportunity comfortably mingle and meet friends and associates throughout the evening.

Riders Add More Vets

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international defensive lineman Eric Norwood and international wide receivers Clarence Denmark and Alec Lemon have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Norwood (6’3 – 255) joins the Riders after spending the previous three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 42 regular season games the 27-year-old has collected 123 defensive tackles, 24 quarterback sacks, and nine tackles for loss. He was named an East Division All-Star in 2014.

In ten regular season games last year, Norwood registered 30 defensive tackles, seven quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries both of which he returned for touchdowns.

Denmark (5’11 – 190) will enter his sixth CFL season after originally signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March, 2011. Through five seasons with the Bombers, the 30-year-old Florida native collected 306 receptions for 4,165 yards and 16 touchdowns in 88 career regular season games. He was named a West Division All-Star in 2014 after registering 1,080 receiving yards.

Last season, Denmark had 57 catches for 718 yards and three touchdowns while starting all 18 regular season games.

Lemon (6’2 – 207) joins the Riders after spending two seasons in the NFL. The 24-year-old originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in April 2013, then later joined the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in December, 2014.

Before going pro, Lemon had a standout four year career at Syracuse University where he became the school’s all-time leader in receptions. In 47 career collegiate games Lemon totaled 2,596 yards and 18 touchdowns on 201 receptions.

The Riders also announced they released the following players: